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SF's St. Paddy's Day parade is one of few to welcome gays

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SF's St. Paddy's parade welcomes the LGBT community -- not to mention handsome bagpipers

Openly gay senator Mark Leno is another familiar face on parade day. Leno is unable to attend the event this year because of an out-of-town speaking engagement, but says he's been included in the parade as far back as 1998, when he was first elected to office. "I've always been proud of the fact that San Francisco's parade is inclusive. And as long as I have been in office, I've always felt welcome in the parade." Only once has he ever gotten negative reactions from the parade crowds. As Leno recalls, that year he had opted to ride through the parade in a Jaguar. "I heard booing and hissing right as I got up to Second Street." At issue: red-blooded parade watchers were upset that Leno hadn't chosen an American car for his cruise through the crowds.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

Sat/12, 11:30 a.m., free

Begins at Market and Second streets, SF

(415) 203-1027

www.uissf.org

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