BP and I walked out to the assembly point with the Dean and had a pleasant talk with him. It was a hot day, but he and all the clergy participating wore their black shirts and collars so they were unmissable. As we walked with the Dean, well before the parade itself started, folks assembling along the route waved at him, and shouted "Yay, St Paul's!" or "Thank you Reverend!" They were just joyful that a minister was there.
At one point, we passed a side street that was blocked off. A row of San Diego mounted police sat on their horses, side by side facing the parade route. Behind them were the haters. You know the type we mean, with loudspeakers, and signs all about evil and "homosex" and the Bible. As we passed them, we heard them say something remarkable over their loudspeaker:
"If you think God doesn't hate, then you don't know God!"Really. That was their message. The Dean and BP had a conversation about the haters' idea of a God that hates, actually hates, people. The Dean and BP were deeply puzzled. "God is about love," they agreed. "How do they get hate out of that message? What are they reading?" and the Dean told us that around Prop-H8 time, a group similar to that had invaded the Cathedral and interrupted the Eucharist in protest of inclusion.
Of course, as BP and I noted, this message of hate was being directed at the rear ends of about 8 unflappable police horses.
As we organized at the assembly point, the group (close to 100 people, straight, gay, white, of color, old, young...) picked up a number of banners. The biggest were two identical ones held on either side by 3 or 4 people:
"Love to Each of You, from St Paul's Cathedral."
As we got underway (we were group number 85 of about 150 participants) first came a couple of guys with big poles and colorful streamers, then a St Paul's banner, then two convertibles each with a couple of clergy sitting on the back waving, then folks carrying TEC flags and a Cathedral sign, then a huge crowd of walkers including the Dean and the rest of us in purple -tshirts, flanked by the 2 big "love to you" banners, and carrying rainbow flags and streamers, and signs for marriage equality, and finally one canon in clericals and big straw hat, who rode a recumbant bicycle and circled back and forth, with bright rainbow streamers flowing behind him.
At various points along the route, announcers introduced the participants, and commented how the huge St Paul's group went on and on. A lot of the observers cheered and clapped. Many were older folks. And many, many of them took pictures of those big purple "Love" banners, and some of them wept, and waved, and thanked the marchers. And we cheered as we passed the sad group of haters, still held to the rear of the stallwart police horses, and we held the banners up for them to see.
Photos from IT, except for the banner, which comes from here