Greg Louganis leads Pride Parade
lympic Gold medalist Greg Louganis will lead this year's
"Out & Free" Parade as Grand Marshall during the San Diego
Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival. Louganis, formerly of El Cajon, will be
joined by his mother in leading the colorful procession of floats and community
groups down University Avenue to Sixth Avenue on July 15 starting at noon.
To cope with the large amount of trash generated, San
Diego Earth Day and the Urban Corps are teaming up to lead the recycling
effort at this outdoor event.
"We really admire the terrific job that San Diego
Earth Day does cleaning up the park during the EarthFair," says Brenda
Schumacher, executive director of San Diego Pride. "Our volunteers
are inspired by the commitment that they have to the environment. I know
that our community shares that commitment and we will have the cleanest
Pride festival ever."
Following the Parade, a lesbian and gay festival featuring
food, exhibits and live entertainment at Marston Point in Balboa Park will
attract an audience of over 20,000. Louganis will be visible throughout
the entire three-day Pride celebration, beginning with the rally on the
evening of July 14. After the Parade the next day, he'll autograph copies
of his autobiography, "Breaking the Surface," at the P.A.W.S.
booth on the festival grounds.
Like San Diego Earth Day events, the Pride Festival
is staffed by volunteers from all over the San Diego area. Volunteers are
needed for safety, sales, ticketing, recycling, stage setup, bartending,
and parade marshaling.
To volunteer, attend one of the training sessions on
June 10, 16, 17, 20, 24 or on July 1 at the Lesbian and Gay Men's Community
Center, located at the corner of University Avenue and Normal Street. Volunteers
receive a two-day festival pass, a souvenir t-shirt, a catered meal, discounts
on the new "Out & Free" line of merchandise and a "volunteer
appreciation party." For more information about volunteering, exhibiting
or sponsoring, contact the San Diego Pride office at 297-7683.