Besides Traditional Bluegrass, Community, Inclusivity, and Courage are the foundation of our values as an organization. We envision creating a cultural shift for all individuals seeking to join our community. Bottom line, we are here for you. Join us on your bluegrass journey, no matter your identity. In this community, we are all Handsome Ladies.
Meaningful change is rarely an easy thing to bring about. There’s a reason that it took until 2017 for any bluegrass association to celebrate Pride. It fell to California to fight for this, and to accomplish something amazing as a result. We should be proud of the progress that we’ve made, yes, but we should also take a moment to reflect on what more can be done to ease the growing pains that come with this kind of progress and how we can make more room for every member in our community over the long haul.
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.