A record 500-plus PG&E employees marched in the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade through the streets of downtown San Francisco.
Employees and their families walked in the 45th annual parade, which started in front of PG&E’s corporate headquarters on Market and Beale streets and concluded near the city’s Civic Center. The utility was one of more than 240 groups marching in the event.
More than 1 million people attended the celebration and parade on Sunday (June 28), which capped off a month-long Pride celebration.
“It was awesome. It was fun. There was a good happy vibe. To see the support at all levels and their families is pretty amazing,” said Phil Balistrieri, director of field meter operations.
Employees marched with the company’s float, which was pulled by a bucket truck and featured the top of a power pole at the back of the float. PG&E had a float in the Pride parade for the second straight year. Sitting at the front were employees Ronda and Darleen DeRosa, featured in a new TV ad.
The number of PG&E participants increased from 230 last year to more than 500, two days after the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision. On Friday, PG&E pledged $250,000 to the National Center for Lesbian Rights as part of its commitment to diversity and creating a culture of inclusion.
“After 25 years of marching with the company at the Pride parade, it fills my heart with joy and pride to be supported and surrounded by the company employees and senior leaders,” said Rhonda Shiffman, a San Ramon-based supervisor in gas transmission projects. “This was the largest turnout we’ve ever had. It makes me feel that PG&E is my family. It makes me feel welcomed.”