Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Flash mobs, Occupy actions expected at Pink Saturday party in SF’s gay Castro district

Revelers at the 2008 street party

As if hundreds of marching dykes and dancing gay guys taking over the streets of the Castro Saturday evening wasn’t enough action for Pink Saturday, a flash mob and Occupy zaps are also planned to coincide with the mega outdoor party June 23.

The Bay Area Flash Mob group is planning a series of “spontaneous” gatherings throughout the city tomorrow. Dancing to the songs of bisexual singer Lady Gaga, the flash mob will start the day off at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Ferry Building’s clock tower.

After stops at Union Square and the Pride festivities Saturday afternoon in the Civic Center, the flash mob should kick off the start of the Pink Saturday party at 5 p.m. at the Castro and Market Street intersections.

Close to 200 people have signed up via the Facebook page. Anyone looking to participate can watch several tutorial videos posted online to learn the dance moves.

Ahead of their actions in Sunday’s parade and a meet up at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon to recall the Compton Cafeteria riot, at 101 Taylor Street at Turk, members of the group Bay Area Occupride plan to take part in Saturday’s Dyke March and are coordinating actions during Pink Saturday.

“We have agreed to volunteer to help the Dyke March with clean up and set up in Dolores Park,” said Craig Rouskey, a San Francisco resident helping organize the Occupride events.

Rouskey did not divulge what, exactly, the group has planned for Pink Saturday. He did note that Occupride reached out to the organizers of the street bash, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, after they expressed concerns.

“The Sisters thought we were protesting them. We are not,” sad Rouskey, adding that after the two groups met they have been talking about having the charitable drag nun group do a blessing at the Occupride action.

A group of ACT UP demonstrators are also said to be planning an action that day in the Castro to raise awareness about cuts to AIDS funding. The San Francisco chapter’s Facebook page says nothing of any action, but does promote ACT UP branded condoms, which likely will be passed out during various Pride events this weekend.

In an effort to tame down the annual Pink Saturday revelry, the Sisters ditched having a main stage this year. Instead, they are bringing in a number of food trucks aimed at giving attendees another option other than just drinking alcohol.

The party is also ending one hour earlier than normal. Police will begin clearing off the streets at 11 p.m. And don’t be surprised to see street-washing trucks quickly roll in blasting water onto the pavement to help clear party-goers out of the Castro.


— Matthew S. Bajko, June 22, 2012 @ 1:10 pm PST
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