The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have announced some of the food trucks that will be at Pink Saturday, June 23.
In order to diversify the event and help people soak up the liquor they’re not supposed to be drinking at the annual pre-LGBT Pride festival this year, the main stage will be replaced by 10 mobile eateries.
They will include 3 Sum Eats, Kasa, Southern Sandwich, Sam’s Chowdermobile, and Onigilly. Off the Grid will coordinate the trucks at the intersection of Market and Castro streets.
In a news release today (Wednesday, June 6), Sister Selma Soul, Pink Saturday coordinator, explained that instead of a large main stage, the charitable drag nuns group would spread a mix of DJ and sound stages throughout the event.
“Most importantly,” Sister Selma stated, “Pink Saturday is San Francisco’s largest outdoor fundraiser for grassroots Bay-Area LGBTQI organizations for youth, elders, civil rights, the arts and community health services.”
Donations at the event support nonprofits including AIDS Emergency Fund, AIDS Housing Alliance/San Francisco, Healing Waters, St. James Infirmary, Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners, and Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California.
Donations of at least $5 will be requested at the entry gates.
The festival, which this year will run from 5 to 11 p.m., has brought thousands of people to the streets of the Castro district for years. Recently, however, the event has been marred by violence. Stephen Powell, 19, was shot to death around the time the 2010 Pink Saturday ended. No one’s been arrested in his killing.
Alcohol is no longer allowed inside the event, although the neighborhood’s bars will still be serving customers. Attendees and their bags will be checked at the gates for alcohol and “dangerous materials,” the Sisters said.
Officers from the San Francisco Police Department’s Mission Station and others will be on hand to assist with security.
Those interested in helping the Sisters at the gates and earning money for their nonprofits may contact the group at info_at_thesisters.org.