Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018
 

Pink Party entertainers, beneficiaries announced

Crowds cheered and had fun during Pink Saturday 2012. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Crowds cheered and had fun during Pink Saturday 2012. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Organizers of the Pink Party, the street festival planned for San Francisco’s Castro district Saturday, June 27, the night before the city’s LGBT Pride parade, have announced the entertainment lineup and beneficiaries.

The music lineup will include Disco Daddy, featuring DJ Bus Station John; Hard French, with Tom Temprano and Brown Amy; the Monster Show, featuring Sugah Betes, Sue Casa, and others; and Shawna Virago.

Beneficiaries, who will provide volunteers for the party and share in proceeds from the gate, will include Bay Area Young Positives, the Center for Sex and Culture, and El/La Para TransLatinas.

The Pink Party, which will run from 3 to 8 p.m., takes the place of Pink Saturday, the annual event that drew thousands of people to the Castro’s streets for more than 20 years. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which ran the event for years and own the Pink Saturday name, opted not to produce the party this year, citing concerns about violence.

San Francisco’s LGBT Community Center stepped in to spearhead the event this year, at the request of gay Supervisor Scott Wiener, whose District 8 includes the Castro.

Unlike previous years, when the city declined to provide any direct funding for the party, the city is covering expenses for this year’s event. Rebecca Rolfe, the community center’s executive director, said in an email Wednesday, June 10 that the budget hasn’t been finalized. However, this year’s festival is expected to cost more than the $80,000 needed for the 2014 celebration.

The Sisters are planning to hold a revamped Pink Saturday at another location next year.

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There’s a suggested donation of $10 for Pink Party, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. People interested in volunteering may sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0845ada62f4-pink.

A full list of entertainers and beneficiaries is available on the festival’s Facebook page.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 11, 2015 @ 9:56 am PST
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