I’m excited to go to Chicago for a week to see family and friends. Of course I’ll stop by Gramophone Records and Smart Bar but until then, here’s a song to get me in the mood.
I’ve been to over half of the Pride events ever held in San Francisco so for me, the parade lost its luster once it passed the two hour mark – it’s long because SF includes everyone if they’re based in the city or not because, hey, it’s their pride too…
An ever accelerating phenomenon of the SF Pride events is attendance by younger and more ethnically diverse people. While I think it’s great that 20 and under kids that are too young for bars are coming out and finding a place in our community, I think there needs to more of a place for them at the event. Women outnumbered men at least 3-to-1 in every area of the festival except maybe the Faerie Village but there was so much androgyny in that space that I can’t be certain.
What is certain is the organizers are out of touch with their demographics. Instead of courting alcohol vendors and airlines to underwrite the event with sponsorships, they should look to companies more in line with the folks who actually turn up.
It felt like they were selling 25-45 year-old Gay White Men to their sponsors and delivering 16-25 year-old Black, Hispanic and Asian Women.
When Ggreg Taylor and Gilbert Baker launched the Pink Saturday street party on the night before the big Freedom Day Parade & Festival, they asked me to help out with a few things. .
While I only helped produce the first three or four, I don’t think I’ve missed more than one in this event’s history. After this year’s Pink Saturday event, I think it’s safe to say that if I never go to another one, I’ll still have a really fun and interesting life.
The Dyke March wasn’t a huge priority for me this year. I love seeing the spectrum of female expression parading around the streets exuding a sense of empowerment and sometimes they take their tops off too…
The Pride Parade with the cultural events & parties built around it is like a bit of grit or sand in the LGBT community oyster. Everyone adds their own layers around it to make the biggest pearl in the same-sex calendar. As my friend Steve calls it, “The highest of the High Homo-Holidays”
This year I attended the official Pride kick-off party at the Clift Hotel. It was a festive party to present the official Pride Weekend events to the media and public at large.
Great news about this year’s Bay To Breakers – Geographer is headling Footstock, the official party in the park at the end of the race!
If you’re not familiar with this B2B, it’s one of those “Only in SF” events where people dress up in silly costumes and get drunk in the streets. As much as the organizers try to downplay the debauchery the event will always be a sort of straight version of gay pride…
I’ve worked at a few Geographer shows over the last couple of years and I’m so happy for them. This gig will raise their profile considerably and I hope it introduces their music to a much wider audience coz they’re really nice guys and they do make some great music.
Bay 2 Breakers Finish Line Party
Sunday May 15th 2011
Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE Admission to all, courtesy of Zazzle
Every neighborhood in San Francisco has at least one street fair that reflects the area. South Of Market or SOMA hosts a number of Street Fairs throughout the year. The Howard Street Fair kicks off Street Fair season for me – officially it’s called the How Weird Street Faire and it celebrates SOMA’s enduring legacy as the epicenter of SF’s nightlife.
Foxgluv played at one of the first How Weird events and I’ve seen it evolve over the years from a Rave/New Age focus to get a bit more Hippy Trippy and then a bit more Night Clubby with its move to the eastern section of Howard Street where there are a number of night clubs to host official after parties.
Because the royal family’s surname is Orange-Nassau the whole country gets decked out in orange. It is also the only time of year that people are allowed to sell stuff without a retail license so the last weekend in April has something for everyone – yard sales all over the country and lots of drinking in the streets.
In one of my favorite “Only In San Francisco” events, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host an Easter Sunday party in the park. They have games and activities for little kids and the Sisters set up a stage in Dolores Park and local bands like Ejector perform and the people bring blankets and picknics.
The highlight of the afternoon for me is the Easter Bonnet Contest and the Hunky Jesus Contest. Both shows allow people to exhibit exuberant displays of creativity. You can tell some of these queens spend days working their hot glue guns assembiling their elaborate hats, helmets and head ornaments.
I look forward to the Hunky Jesus Contest to see what themes people will come up with. The best need little to no explanation – like the double cross Jesus with two guys on an H shaped cross – or this year’s Obviously Drunk Redneck Jesus. The video below features most of this year’s contestants and the winner…