The weather is supposed to be hot and San Francisco Pride officials are expecting record crowds at this weekend’s Pride parade and festival due to the excitement over Wednesday’s historic Supreme Court rulings in two same-sex marriage cases. That means a lot of people will be crowding Market Street for the parade on Sunday, June 30, and Civic Center Plaza for the festival on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30.
“It’s the perfect weather for a celebration, but also the perfect set-up for some heat-related illnesses,” Dr. Tomas Aragon, health officer for the City and County of San Francisco, said in a statement. “We want everyone to have a good time, and that includes staying safe and healthy by observing some practical tips and being prepared.”
Officials with the San Francisco Department of Public Health noted that everyone is affected by heat but age, medical condition, and alcohol consumption can quickly complicate how individuals respond to periods of excessive heat. People age 65 and over; infants and young children; and people with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease are vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, officials said.
With that in mind, Aragon recommends the following tips for preventing heat- and sun-related illnesses:
– Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. You can even bring your own bottle to ensure that you’ll have some and look for refilling stations.
– Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
– Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing and a hat.
– If you consume alcohol or high-sugared drinks, do so in moderation.
– Wear sunscreen and reapply as needed.
– Take a break from the sun and heat by spending some time in the shade or seek out a cooler environment.
If you or your friends notice someone in distress, seek medical help. SF Pride will have medical teams in place. Aragon said that signs of medical distress include: difficulty breathing; red, hot, dry skin with no sweating; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea; delirium (confusion); and chills.
DPH has produced a special 2013 fair season flier targeting men who have sex with men with health, party, and sex tips. Outreach workers will be distributing the flier throughout the weekend along the parade route.