Photo Gallery: Pride 1974

Images from what was then called the Gay Freedom Day Parade.

On June 30, 1974, photographer Greg Gaar captured scenes from the fifth Gay Freedom Day parade. The parade ran from Pine and Montgomery Streets to O'Farrell Street, then west to Polk Street, ending at the Civic Center. There, a crowd estimated of about a thousand people gathered for a street fair and concert.

Led by a fife and drum, the parade had a theme of "Gay Freedom by '76." Organizer Michael Bumblebee said, "We hope to end all discrimination against gay people by 1976 - discrimination in jobs, housing and other areas."

After several name changes, the parade is now known as San Francisco Pride (http://www.sfpride.org), the largest gathering of LGBTQ people and allies in the nation. In 2019, it will consist of more than 200 contingents, twenty stages and venues, and near two million participants and attendees.