On Tuesday, event organizers made the decision to cancel 2020's San Francisco Pride celebration is cancelled for its 50th anniversary. The event was initially set to take place on Saturday, June 28. Executive Director Fred Lopez stated this was "not a decision arrived at lightly."
This year, the event will be hosted online. The new celebration will take place as a "Virtual Global Pride" experience on Saturday, June 27.
It will be the first of its kind.
Viewers anywhere around the world can tune in and celebrate with them.
In a press release from San Francisco Pride, Lopez assured readers that "staff has been in frequent talks with our board, our production team, our partners at many departments of City Hall, officials at other Pride organizations worldwide — and most of all, our LGBTQ communities."
He went on to say that "We have heard from people who urged us to cancel, and from those who implored us not to."
The decision was made to support the health and wellbeing of the local community during COVID-19. Pride cited the state's stay at home order as the reason for the anniversary event's cancellation.
San Francisco Pride officially canceled this year’s parade and celebration b/c of the #coronavirus. Looking back on… https://t.co/vxll9Ibt5Q— Taylor Bisacky (@Taylor Bisacky)1586908189.0
According to The San Francisco Examiner, Pride's President of the Board of Directors, Carolyn Wysigner said organizers did not want the parade to become "ground zero" for COVID-19 to spread.
#SFPride is cancelled for #2020 As many know, #SanFrancisco Pride fest is one of the most diverse and inclusive in… https://t.co/NygQa1Pq5i— Travis Gonzales (@Travis Gonzales)1586907790.0
Right now, healthwise, we can’t really determine what it is going to look like going into the future. So it was better to go ahead and call it," Wysinger said.
San Francisco Pride's official website notes that additional activities and announcements to acknowledge Pride will be held throughout this summer.
🚨 Just Announced 🚨 The parade and outdoor celebrations are officially cancelled this year in response to COVID-19… https://t.co/gqxxjL9kOo— DoTheGay (@DoTheGay)1586902281.0
So, there will still be plenty of oppotunities to take part remotely. The Examiner reports that Pride has been held in the city nearly every year since it began in 1970.