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

No Pink Party in the Castro this year

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener confirmed Thursday that there will be no Pink Party in the city’s gay Castro district the Saturday before the annual LGBT Pride parade.

(A person dressed in pink celebrated at last year's Pink Party. Photo: Pete Thoshinsky)

(A person dressed in pink celebrated at last year’s Pink Party. Photo: Pete Thoshinsky)

Following a March 17 meeting with key stakeholders, Wiener told the Bay Area Reporter that there will be no street closures this year. In previous years, the streets were closed for the unofficial party.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence had produced what was known as Pink Saturday for nearly two decades. Last year, however, the Sisters decided to end their oversight of the street party due to escalating violence. A sister and his husband were attacked in 2014, while Stephen Powell, 19, died after being shot toward the end of the party in 2010.

Last year, at the request of Wiener, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center stepped in to oversee the event, which was renamed the Pink Party and held earlier in the day. Wiener said Thursday that the center, which is planning for a major interior remodel of its upper Market Street building this spring, doesn’t have the capacity to continue producing the street party.

“They don’t have the staff and it’s not a core part of what they do,” he said.

Wiener said that the pre-Pride street party was never an official city event and that other groups had not offered to put it on.

“There’s no other community group that’s stepped up to do the Pink Party,” he said.

Wiener said that the city will be prepared for “lots of people” who are used to coming to the gayborhood and that his office will work with the San Francisco Police Department, Castro Merchants, and other city agencies to plan for the increased crowds.

The Dyke March, which also takes place the Saturday before Pride, is expected to take place and Wiener said that “temporary street closures” would be created for the end of the march.

The B.A.R. will have more about the Pink Party cancellation in next week’s paper.

— Cynthia Laird, March 17, 2016 @ 4:17 pm PST
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