SAN FRANCISCO -- Working for hours, hammering in dozens of segments of canvas, volunteers installed the traditional pink triangle atop Twin Peaks at a Saturday ceremony marking the official start of the 44th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration.

The weekend event -- themed "Color Our World with Pride" -- represents the largest free gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the country, with nearly 300 exhibitors and more than 20 stages and venues for activities and entertainment.

The centerpiece of the event, the Pride Parade, kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Market and Beale streets and ends at Market and Eighth streets in downtown San Francisco, featuring more than 230 entrants.

From atop the marquee of the Orpheum Theatre, people wave down to the participants in the 42nd San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade in San Francisco,
From atop the marquee of the Orpheum Theatre, people wave down to the participants in the 42nd San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, June 30, 2013. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group) ( SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD )

This year's grand marshals are bestselling author Janet Mock, television talk show host Ross Matthews and Defense of Marriage Act attorney Roberta Kaplan.

Other special guests include former Congressman Barney Frank, fashion correspondent EJ Johnson, comedian Marga Gomez, and singer Debby Holiday. Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is the Honorary Grand Marshal.

For more information and tickets, visit www.sfpride.org.

Contact Jeremy Thomas at 925-847-2184. Follow him at Twitter.com/jet_bang.



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