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BART Expands Service for Gay Pride

More than 1 million are expected to descend upon the city for the two-day celebration and parade.

With hundreds of thousands of people expected to turn out for the 42nd annual SF Pride celebration this weekend, BART will run longer trains and add special event trains as needed. 

This year's theme is "Global Equality" and the event will include 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 community-run stages and venues. Comic Sarah Silverman serving as grand marshall of the parade.

"We estimate that over one million people will attend over the two days of the event," said Brendan Behan, executive director of Gay Pride. 

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The parade kicks off at Market and Beale (Embarcadero Station) at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 24, and wraps up at Market and Eighth (Civic Center Station). The transit agency recommends buying a round-trip ticket in advance or using a Clipper Card to avoid lines at ticket machines, and using the QuickPlanner to map out the trip. More information about the pride events, including the parade route, is available at www.sfpride.org.

BART may also add trains to accommodate crowds heading into the city for other events, including a Warped Tour concert at AT&T Park, and San Francisco Opera and Symphony performances.

BART stations open at 8 a.m. on Sunday. 

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