Santa Rosa is a welcoming and inclusive community where its citizens and members feel safe, respected, and comfortable in being themselves and expressing all aspects of their identities. It is a place where each person shares a sense of belonging with its other citizens. This week, Visit Santa Rosa is proud to welcome the 2018 Sonoma County Pride parade and festivities. For the first time since 2008, the event will return to Santa Rosa.
The theme for the 2018 Pride, “Together We Rise” reflects the idea of joining together to resist bigotry and discrimination and helping the community to heal and rebuild.
The idea behind the theme is to combat hateful rhetoric and policies of the current national political leadership and to stand behind the people of the community who feel threatened by the words and actions of others who have been emboldened by the last election. The event will also embrace people who have been traumatized and dislocated after the recent tragic fires that devastated the county and surrounding areas.
The 31st annual Sonoma County Pride Parade begins at noon on June 2, in downtown Santa Rosa on Fourth Street. The Pride Festival will continue after the parade from noon to 8:00 pm in Old Courthouse Square.
The parade will start at Fremont Park, on the intersection at Fourth and Hope Streets and marchers and floats will continue down Fourth Street to Old Courthouse Square. Visit Santa Rosa cordially welcomes Sonoma County Pride back to Santa Rosa.