Oakland Pride to include wedding pavilion for LGBTQ community


The one-day event under the theme "Oakland is Pride, Pride is Oakland" will feature headliner En Vogue, LaToya London and other local performers.

The fourth annual event in the city's Uptown District will block off Franklin Street between 18th and 22nd streets.

Festival organizers have high hopes that the festival will attract attendees despite the Bay Bridge closure and encouraging people to take advantage of public transit alternatives including BART's 24-hour service.

This year's festival will also include a wedding pavilion at 21st and Franklin streets, a new addition following the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act in June.

Local clergy members will perform the ceremonies but anyone interested must have a marriage license from their respective county to participate, Uribe said.

There will also be children's activities and a community health pavilion for attendees

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18.

A bicycle ride prior to the celebration organized by fiveTEN Oakland Events will start at Lake Merritt near El Embarcadero Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

The ride will end at The New Parish at 579 18th St. for the 8 p.m. Werq Vogue Ball.

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