For a few hours Sunday morning, Oakland residents forgot about the hurricane hurtling across Florida, the wildfires scorching the state and the national politics that consume conversation.
Instead, they spent those blissful hours in a more celebratory mood, waving rainbow flags for the annual Oakland Pride. Thousands of people flooded the city’s main roadways for a parade, marching from Oakland City Hall to a festival at Broadway and 20th Street.
Women braided rainbow feathers into their long hair, and children wore rainbow flags draped over their shoulders like capes. Revelers knotted rainbow bandannas into the collars of their dogs. Even bubbles blown into the sky were rainbow and effervescent, shimmering in the warm summer air.
The event, originally called East Bay Pride, ran from 1997 to 2004 before temporarily disbanding. It was resuscitated in 2008.