Bluegrass Pride float in San Francisco

At last year’s World of Bluegrass, the unofficial theme of inclusion and diversity, which provided performance and presentation opportunities for a number of women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community, among other minorities in the traditional and roots music world, got lots of people thinking about how to make bluegrass music more welcoming and accessible to those other than its typical audience. In an effort to do just that, the California Bluegrass Association has announced its plans to participate in this year’s San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25.

According to a GoFundMe page set up by the organization (www.gofundme.com/BluegrassPride), the CBA hopes to have a float in the parade featuring several live bands, as well as bluegrass musicians and fans marching alongside. They hope “to spread the gospel of bluegrass and celebrate our community’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity” while also having a good time jamming and listening to bluegrass.   

Their fundraising goal is $10,000, which will help cover the costs of creating a float (rental of a truck, trailer, and sound system) and printing banners, t-shirts, stickers, flyers, and other promotional items. If they exceed their goal, they will be able to rent a larger trailer and more powerful sound system. The San Francisco Pride Parade attracts quite a crowd – close to 100,000 spectators watched 30 floats and over 30,000 marchers last year – so the louder, the better!

The CBA asks that musicians and fans who would like to march sign up via this Google form, as a way of keeping track of and communicating with participants. They invite everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, or musical ability, to participate. Those who would like to donate can do so through the GoFundMe page. All donations are tax-deductible.

More information, as well as the link to sign up to march, can be found on the Bluegrass Pride Facebook page.

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John Curtis Goad

John Goad is a graduate of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program, with a Masters degree in both History and Appalachian Studies from ETSU.

  • Greg Rogers

    “California is the place you oughta be “! Jed I think you were snookered!

  • Uncle Jo

    Now the lgbtq agenda pushers have infected bluegrass. Please do not taint our genre with this “in your face” political firestorm. The nearly in total majority of the bluegrass base are down home Christians. These subjects do not rest well with us. If you put lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig. California seems to be destined to go to hell first.

    • CollapsedLung

      Something tells me Uncle Jo is likely violating Leviticus 19:19, which forbids the wearing clothing woven of more than one kind of cloth. GET RIGHT WITH GOD UNCKY JO!

  • Danny C.

    I for one am gladd (yep, two d’s on that word) that y’all are doing this. I think you should put lipstick on as many things as you can. Bravo! Time to renew my membership to CBA.

  • CBA Member

    Thank you Bluegrass Today for featuring this. Last year the event attracted 1.25 million visitors. Except for a television show, there is no other way to promote our music to this many people as well as send a very clear message of inclusivity and community. The SF CBA group does a GREAT job promoting the music and our organization. They also win the award for soliciting the most donations for the CBA Youth Program!!

    We are seeing an uptick in new memberships and renewals of long expired memberships. Joining the CBA now sends a very clear message to us that you are in support of this community outreach. http://www.cbaweb.org/About/Join I am pretty proud to hold an Honorary Lifetime Membership in this Association. Darby Brandli