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Bay Area Reporter- Sonoma kicks off Pride in the Bay Area

  • May 8, 2014

News Briefs: Sonoma kicks off
Pride season in the Bay Area




People lined Main Street in Guerneville to watch the 2012 Pride parade. Photo: Stephen Gross


Sonoma County will jump-start the Bay Area's Pride season when it holds its annual parade and Pride Village in downtown Guerneville May 30-June 1.

Stephen Zollman, chair of this year's Pride Committee, said that this year's theme is "Free To Be."

Highlights of the weekend include welcoming receptions and specials at local merchants and restaurants beginning Friday night, a pink Saturday disco dance party, and a full day of celebration on Sunday with the parade down Main Street and the Pride Village that will be located on the town plaza.

Other Sunday events include a commitment and wedding ceremony at 2 p.m. (couples should bring their marriage license), family pool party from noon to 4 p.m. at Rio Nido Roadhouse, and an interfaith service at 7 p.m. at Thanksgiving Lutheran Church, 1225 Fulton Road in Santa Rosa.

Grand marshals for this year's parade are out lesbian Cloverdale Mayor Carol Russell; gay Sebastopol Mayor Robert Jacob, who made news after his fellow councilmembers voted him in as mayor as he owns a medical marijuana dispensary; and Guerneville's "unofficial" mayor, Roger Jensen (based at the R3 Hotel). The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the western end of Main Street.

Zollman noted that this year's planning committee is composed of involved citizens and small businesses and is sponsored by the Russian River Chamber of Commerce. The committee is accepting sponsorships to help cover fixed costs, he said.

There's still time to participate in the parade or Pride Village. Applications are available online at