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16 Tips For Rocking SF Pride 2015 Like A Total Pro

You can party with Ruby Rose. Nuff said.

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1. Hang out with the cast of Orange Is the New Black.

So maybe not the whole cast, but Laverne Cox is going to be in San Francisco for the unveiling of her wax figure at Madame Tussauds and Ruby Rose is hosting a party at EDEN on Friday night. Perhaps fellow cast members will come support their girls? We can certainly hope!

2. You don’t need to wait until the weekend. Pride activities start mid week!

There are ton of things you can do earlier in the week to get in the mood for Pride weekend, like a Pride Comedy Show featuring local Bay Area comics on Wednesday, or a Sex and the City drag show on Thursday night.

3. The Trans March is a must!

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Speaking of kicking off the weekend, the Trans March on Friday is an absolute must-attend. It takes place before all of the out-of-towners descend upon on the city and will give you a legit taste of the LGBT community here in SF.

4. On Saturday, the fun goes down at Dolores Park.

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Although there are activities at Civic Center on both weekend days, all of the real fun on Saturday goes down at Dolores Park. The Dyke March celebration starts at noon, but plenty of people show up before to hang out in the park. Then, at 3:30 p.m. the crowd takes to the streets for the march to The Castro. Oh, and heads up, the Dyke March route has changed slightly this year. Check out their website for details.

6. This year’s theme is Equality Without Exception.

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The theme was crafted by board members Donald Wagda and Joey Cain to shine a light on the use of religious exceptions to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

7. There are NEVER enough porta potties so PLAN ACCORDINGLY!

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Pro tip: Pee at any restaurant you buy food at, or pretty much any place you happen to be at during Pride weekend where there's a working toilet.

10. Got a sweet tooth? Head to Three Twins for a scoop of "Freedom to Marry Cherry" or "2 Tops Don’t Make a Bottom" ice cream.

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And get a $3 factory pint with any purchase.

12. If you want to see anything at the parade then you need to show up early.

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Bring an extra towel or a small blanket if you want to sit down while you’re waiting. Market street can be kinda dirty. Or, you could purchase grandstand seats.

13. There are going to be a shit ton of people on BART, all fucking weekend.

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It’s a convenient way to get in and out of downtown SF – where most of the activities take place – but hundreds of thousands of people will packing into those trains. Literally. If you want to avoid the crowds try coming to the city early and leaving before the last of the official event ends.

15. Local medical marijuana dispensaries have Pride specials on weed.

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SPARC is located a block and a half from the Civic Center activities, and is going to be offering deals on concentrates and pre-roll joints. Bloom Room, which is also close to the parade route, is making donations to the SF LGBT Center for every purple label eighth sold.

16. There’s still time to find a place to stay!

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It's not too late to book yourself a place to stay! Airbnb has plenty of rooms available, and there are approved hotels listed on the official Pride website. So you basically have no reason not to come to SF Pride 2015!

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