The Best of Oakland Pride 2023

a Black woman passes out a rainbow flag to a Black elder man

Oakland Pride came and went, but attendees are still basking in the memories of the sunny day in downtown Oakland. Oakland Voices alumnus Howard Dyckoff was on site to document the festivities of Oakland Pride. This year’s Pride event took over the streets of downtown and uptown Oakland in a parade featuring many community leaders, local schools, and a motorcycle brigade.

Berkeley students arrived early in the day for the Oakland Pride parade. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.
A group of motorcycle riders opened the Oakland Pride Parade 2023, a tradition that’s followed in the SF Pride Parade. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.
a car full of diverse women and politicians in a pride parade
Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao with Councilmember Carroll Fife and others enjoy the parade. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.
a marching band wearing black caps and black t-shirts walk in parade
Members of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band march through downtown Oakland during Pride. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.

Check out more photos from Oakland Pride 2023.

Author Profile

Howard Dyckoff has lived in Oakland for over 40 years and has been involved with many community groups, including Oakland Digital and Oakland Local, Block by Block, the East Oakland Boxing Association (EOBA), and CBE. A Brooklyn, New York, transplant, and an Aerospace Engineering graduate of NY Polytechnic, Howard also attended Laney College, where he wrote for the Laney Tower newspaper and was elected editor. Howard also attended the Starr King School at the Theological Union in Berkeley.

He has served as the Berkeley Free Clinic’s Outreach Coordinator, and also worked as an information technology professional at Chevron, Sybase, and Wells Fargo. He worked in both the 2010 and 2020 Census. Howard has been a regular contributor to Oakland Local and online publications such as TechTarget and Linux Gazette and currently writes for Oakland Voices. He currently does event photography and portraiture around the Bay Area.

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