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Friday, May 31, 20245: Join us Tomorrow Morning for the PRIDE Parade! We begin to line up at 9:30am with Knox & Thanksgiving. But you really don't have to be there until 10:00 or 10:15

Friday, May 31, 20245: Join us Tomorrow Morning for the PRIDE Parade! We begin to line up at 9:30am with Knox & Thanksgiving. But you really don't have to be there until 10:00 or 10:15

Dear Ones: This year members of our our community will walk the four blocks of the PRIDE Parade with the folks from Knox Presbyrterian and Thanksgiving Lutheran. We'll carry the Emmaus banner and enjoy the parade. Last year's was a joyful experience and I'm sure this year's parader will be fun. So please join us.

I'll be at Brookwood and 4th Street at 9:30 and then we'll walk to meet our friends from Knox & Thanksgiving. They have an assigned position in the parade which they're excited to share with us. So if we've already left Brookwood and 4th Street please walk along the floats and people until you find us. Should be easy to identify us.

We will begin to assemble around 10:00 -- and given the nature of the parade it will definitely take a while to sort everyone.

From 10:00 - 11:00 we can walk among the floats and people and I hope we can talk with participants, hear some stories and gennerally enjoy ourselves. The parade kicks off at 11:00.

And if you don't care to parade, come watch and support our brothers and sisters in the queer community from the sidewalk). You'll find lots of company there. - David

The Parade Route in pink:

Here's more information:


Saturday, June 1, 11:00am – 12:00pm

The Parade Route: Fourth Street to Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa


The 2024 Sonoma County Pride Parade, is brought to you by Keysight Technologies & YMCA of Sonoma County! Calling all LGBTQ+ community members, allies, and supporters!


Get ready to celebrate Sonoma County Pride at our annual pride parade on Saturday, June 1st.


1.        This year, our parade carries a special significance as we pay tribute to our local “Queeroes.” Join us as we honor the extraordinary contributions, resilience, and achievements of queer individuals within our community.


2.         The parade will kick off at 11am on 4th Street in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa. It’s a vibrant and joyous gathering that brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate love, unity, and equality. Don’t miss out on this exciting event that will empower, inspire, and uplift our LGBTQ+ community.


Santa Rosa will mark the beginning of Pride Month with the annual Pride flag raising ceremony on May 31 at the Rosenberg Building. The event, organized by Sonoma County Pride, will run from 11 a.m. to noon and is free to the public.


This year, the event will feature the Intersex Inclusive Progress Pride flag, highlighting the ongoing commitment to inclusivity within the LGBTQIA+ community. The flag-raising ceremony will take place on May 31 at 11 a.m. in Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa, at the corner of Mendocino Avenue and 4th Street.


A brief history of the Pride flag

The Rainbow Pride flag was first introduced in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, who created it for the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day celebration. Baker chose the rainbow as a symbol of hope and liberation. Since then, the rainbow flag has become a globally recognized symbol for the Gay rights movement, symbolizing love, tolerance and peace.


There have been many different variations of Pride flags since the 70s. The latest flag, updated in 2021, is now widely used, and includes various additions to the original Pride flag. The current flag is called the Intersex-inclusive Progress Pride flag. This new design, created by Valentino Vecchietti, incorporates a purple circle superimposed over a yellow triangle within the chevron on the left side of the flag.

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