A written feature on Oakland Pride 2015 and its expanded family and children's area.
"Elementary school students Kyoko and Akemi Marcelin spun in circles holding long multi-colored Pride ribbons, dancing across the Family and Children’s Garden at Oakland Pride this Sunday. Just feet away, toddlers were using rope to create huge pop-worthy bubbles and tweens were coaxing their parents to let them try out the teacup ride. The Marcelin sisters stopped to catch their breath. They have two moms, and they smiled as they watched other kids with two moms enter the garden. “Oakland Pride shows free rights for all people, no matter who you love. When you have pride you aren’t afraid to be who you are anymore, because you’re free,” Kyoko said.
The Oakland Pride Parade and Festival drew nearly 50,000 attendees this year, and the Oakland Pride board made a special effort to cater to families with children. The annual event celebrates the culture and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and/or asexual (LGBTQIA) community in Oakland and the East Bay. In 2008, Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan initiated a long-term plan for a yearly event and a volunteer board to run it; this year’s celebration was the sixth annual festival."