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San Francisco’s Dyke March was once again a walk in the park… or at least a day in the park, followed by a leisurely stroll. The misnomer “march” barely begins to describe the lesbian extravaganza that is the Dyke March, the largest lesbian event of its kind in the world.
Women gathered Saturday in SF’s Delores Park for an afternoon of picnicing and entertaining. Music and entertainment emanated from the stage after the event’s annual opening ceremonies which were followed by another annual favorite – the mass breast self-exam led by a local physician and a nurse/midwife. Actress Sharon Glasser addressed the crowd before the march assembled.
Like “march,” “assembled” is a loose term. The event begins when the Dykes on Bikes roar down the parade route in a show of female bravado that always brings tears to my eyes. There are women amongst them who look like they’ve ridden every parade since we all got publically proud, and I can’t help but think of these leather-wrapped women as the warriors of our tribe.
The actual march is casually formed, as walkers fall in behind the bikers. It’s a big, colorful show of unity and identity that emphasizes the range of the dyke community as the throng moves slowly through the streets. The young, the old, the edgy, and the soccer moms all find queer space here.
Early estimates put the Dyke March crowd, independent of other Pride Weekend activities, at well upwards of 50,000.