Spirit covered the streets of San Francisco today on Market Street in San Francisco’s annual Gay Pride Parade. There were drag queens, kids, politicians, police officers, shirtless men and dozens of happy married couples everywhere.

Such success for this year’s parade could be because of California’s court ruling allowing gay marriages recently. Thousands turned out to enjoy the parade with many in the crowds standing on top of trash cans and on rooftops to get a view of the 200 float parade.

It all started with the “Dykes on Bikes” which consists of dozens of lesbians on motorcycles riding through waved, honked and cheered as they rode down the street. As the parade went on various groups marched and rode down the street including some of the politicians that went to court to fight for the same sex marriage. San Francisco’s mayor, Gavin Newsom along with his fiancé Jennifer Siebel rode in the parade while City Attorney Dennis Herrera cheered with Kate Kendall, who is the director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. A large group of now-married couples along with many others that were involved in the court case were in the parade.

Kristin Florin, 32 of Stockton, was reported as saying it was nice to have a day off from wedding planning. She was on the back of a Harley-Davidson wearing a pink and white veil. “I feel that sense of happiness and triumph again,” she said today. “I can’t verbalize how happy I am.”

Celebrities who showed up for the parade included Cyndi Lauper and comedian Margaret Cho, who sat next to local transgender activist Theresa Sparks.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California, did an interview Sunday morning on NBC’s Meet The Press. “I personally believe that marriage should be between man and woman,” Schwarzenegger said. “But at the same time I think that my, you know, belief, I don’t want to force on anyone.”

SFGate.com has the story and some great pictures taken of the parade.

Jan Barrett

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