Pride Cometh Before The Con

San Diego Pride, parade, HillcrestSan Diego Pride Parade

The rainbows are out in mass in San Diego as the San Diego LGBT Pride celebration pulls more than 100,000 people into uptown. A highlight: Saturday’s parade in Hillcrest–a spectacle that brings politicians, police and firemen, young, old, gay and straight people out on the streets for a celebration of acceptance. Security is tight. The Orlando massacre is in the back of the minds of many. But the exuberance and joy can’t be contained. For a full schedule of events–including a concert headlined by Ke$ha–go to: Pride.


It feels like San Diego just said goodbye to the swells of tourists in town for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. Right now we’ve got six-figures-plus in town for Pride and next week a different set of colorful characters will be downtown at the convention center for Comic-Con. With hotel occupancy set at 95 percent for July, officials say this month visitors will spend about $2 billion (with a “b”) at local hotels and restaurants. KPBS


The Tractor Room in Hillcrest has poured it’s last craft cocktail. Ten years ago it was on the forefront of mixology. Now owner Johnny Rivera is shuttering the Fifth Avenue spot and focusing on his Great Maple and Hash House A Go Go locations, as well as eyeing new opportunities. CityBeat


You have to rise and shine early and get in line to buy the insanely popular delicacies at Donut Bar. The shop usually sells out by noon. Now, management has expanded it’s space and its offerings. On Friday and Saturdays at 5 p.m., march on down for those $3 donuts and a selection of about two dozen local beers on tap. Paging Homer Simpson. San Diego Eater


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