The theme of this year's Pride Festival is "Activism for Equality," so don't be surprised if political issues take center stage at the celebration this weekend in Hillcrest.

This will be San Diego's 35th annual gay pride celebration, and organizers say it will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riot in New York City, an event that sparked the struggle for gay rights. Activists from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) community say they will focus on disbanding the military's Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy and press for gay marriage rights.

The highlight of the weekend is the annual Pride Parade, beginning in Hillcrest at 11 a.m. Saturday. The two day Pride Festival takes place in Balboa Park at Marston Point (6th Ave. and Laurel Street), with free entertainment including stage shows, an art exhibit, an auto show, cultural presentations and food.

The two-day event is one of San Diego's biggest civic events, and the parade will have more than 170 floats. A complete list of Pride Festival events is available at the San Diego Pride Web site.