This marks the first year that any bluegrass organization has ever represented at a Pride event worldwide, which makes this wholehearted embrace of our cause that much more powerful. We made the choice this year to be brave. This year, we stepped up as a community, took the love and acceptance and joy at the heart of this music, and invited the world to take it with them. We opened our arms to people of all different races, classes, identities, orientations, abilities, and backgrounds and said, “This is for you, won’t you join us?”
Today, the California Bluegrass Association and Bluegrass Pride were officially named the Best Overall Contingent in this past year's SF Pride Parade, placing us number one out of more than 270 floats and contingents. Featuring three live bands and a marching contingent of over 100 bluegrass lovers, Bluegrass Pride took to the streets of San Francisco to share our love of roots music with the world and show that, despite any stereotypes that may exist, bluegrass is truly for everybody. This message struck a chord with the crowds and judges of SF Pride, who loved our unique and enthusiastic presence in the parade.
Holy smokes, we've just been nominated by the SF Pride Judges for the Best of the Best Overall Contingent Parade Award! We're totally blown away and incredibly honored to be considered. But mainly, we're just so proud of all of you, our beautiful and spirited supporters! Without your energy and time and dedication, we wouldn't be where we are today. So thank you and congratulations to every single one of you who made this happen!!
Public voting will be open soon, and we'll be posting with info about how to vote for us to win the big prize. Keep an eye on this page!
They say bluegrass is just “happy songs about sad stuff.” It’s a bundle of contradictions, just like all of us. Our music comes straight out of the deep South, where it has steeped for decades in sorrow, anger, resignation, and defiance. It contains wide streaks of misogyny and racism only recently and patchily covered over. Its homophobia is rarely explicit, but it’s hard to miss. This powerful, irresistible music reflects and reproduces the world of its birth even as it provides a foundation for overcoming it.