Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 42 / 19 October 2017
 

‘Pink Party’ new name for Castro street party in June

Pink Saturday drew a crowd in 2011, with the illuminated pink triangle on Twin Peaks in the background. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland

Pink Saturday drew a crowd in 2011, with the illuminated pink triangle on Twin Peaks in the background. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland

The Castro street festival formerly known as “Pink Saturday” will be called “Pink Party” this year, a planner of the pre-Pride parade celebration told the Bay Area Reporter this morning (Thursday, April 23).

“In a way, it comes up from the community,” organizer Ruth McFarlane said. “It’s the name everybody uses if they don’t say, ‘Pink Saturday.'”

McFarlane is the programs director for San Francisco’s LGBT Community Center. The center was brought in to plan the event after the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which had run the party for more than 20 years, announced in February that they wouldn’t produce this year’s party. The Sisters cited concerns about violence as a primary reason for their backing out.

The center and other organizers had to choose a new name for the annual party after the Sisters voted not to let the new planners call it Pink Saturday.

This year’s festival, which will draw thousands of people to the Castro, is set for Saturday, June 27.

McFarlane said she’d floated the new name in a conversation with the Sisters, and “I know they’re fine with it, despite its similarity.”

Sister Selma Soul, who coordinated Pink Saturday from 2012 through 2014, confirmed, “We’re fine with that.”

The Sisters plan to put on a new version of Pink Saturday in 2016, in another location.

The B.A.R. will have more on this story in the Thursday, April 30 edition.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 23, 2015 @ 10:14 am PST
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