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San Diego Pride seeks volunteers

SAN DIEGO -- Volunteers can now sign up online to assist in a variety of capacities for this year’s 36th annual Pride celebration, scheduled for July 17 and 18.

Prospective volunteers can request to work in areas that include office support, parade setup, festival ticket sales, medical, safety, beer gardens and festival breakdown.

In addition, Pride can use year-round volunteers to help in a variety of other projects and events, such as the countywide Equality Torch Relay.

Volunteers who work a five-hour shift will receive a two-day festival pass, a free meal ticket (per five-hour shift), a 2010 souvenir T-shirt and an invitation to Pride’s annual volunteer appreciation party.

“Pride has a rich history of volunteerism that directly enhances the annual production of the parade and festival,” said Larry Ramey, Pride board co-chair. “Volunteering also gives community members a firsthand look into the enormous planning process that occurs before, during and after the events.”

Orientation sessions have been scheduled to introduce this year’s volunteers with staff coordinators and provide information about new changes as well as operational policies and procedures. The sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 20 and May 18; and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 3 and May 1 at the Pride office, 3620 30th St., in North Park.

To register as a volunteer, visit www.SanDiegoPride.org and click onto “volunteer,” or for more information, call (619) 297-7683.