Photos of the best San Francisco Pride costumes and signs

Photo by Dan Gentile


A costumed participant shows off their rainbow colors during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

This weekend’s San Francisco Pride festivities are over. From Friday’s Trans March to Amy Schneider’s impassioned speech on Sunday afternoon, to Martha Wash’s headlining performance, the weekend was filled with joyous celebrations of LGBTQ culture.

Although Pride had already featured nearly a month of programming, Sunday’s march was the main event and attendees didn’t hold back. The Civic Center neighborhood was buzzing with excitement, with the smell of bacon-wrapped hot dogs filling the air as performers on stilts paraded down the street. Stalls throughout the area promoted LGBTQ organizations and sold rainbow-colored souvenirs, and many orders of garlic fries were consumed.

But perhaps the most fun aspect of the event was the people watching. In true San Francisco style, attendees wore their summer attire — or nothing at all. In addition to strong adjustments, many participants came in completely homemade costumes.

Participants hold signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
Participants hold signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

The jubilant event came on the heels of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, banning abortion rights in much of the country. Many along the parade route expressed their anger at the court’s decision by hoisting signs in support of reproductive rights. It was in stark contrast to the otherwise celebratory atmosphere, but the spirit of solidarity, resistance and cathartic celebration went hand in hand.

Although the event was cut short 20 minutes earlier after reports of a gunshot on Market Street, officials recanted those statements shortly afterwards and said there was no basis for the shooting allegations.

Scroll below to see photos of all the best costumes and signs from the event.

A participant dressed in a Spider Man outfit shows up to weave webs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

A participant dressed in a Spider Man outfit shows up to weave webs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

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Costumed participants during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
Costumed participants during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A costumed participant shows off their rainbow colors during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
A costumed participant shows off their rainbow colors during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A float is filled with people in costumes during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
A float is filled with people in costumes during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A costumed participant during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
A costumed participant during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A person rides a bicycle with a sign attached during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
A person rides a bicycle with a sign attached during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Participants hold signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
Participants hold signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Participants hold signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
Participants hold signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Spectators hold signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
Spectators hold signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Spectators hold signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
Spectators hold signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Connie Jeung-Mills holds up a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
Connie Jeung-Mills holds up a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A participant holds signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

A participant holds signs during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

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A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

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Sean Kelly and Rachel Levine at the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
Sean Kelly and Rachel Levine at the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

A participant holds a sign during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.

Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A costumed participant with a megaphone orders the crowd to cheer during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
A costumed participant with a megaphone orders the crowd to cheer during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A costumed participant walking on stilts waves to the crowd during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
A costumed participant walking on stilts waves to the crowd during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Celebrity Grand Marshall Sherry Cola during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.
Celebrity Grand Marshall Sherry Cola during the San Francisco Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE