San Francisco Pride events kick off this weekend
By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
June 23, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco's annual Pride Parade
festival and celebration is scheduled to kick off Saturday at
noon, bringing hundreds of thousands of attendees to the city
who are expected to infuse an estimated $100 million into the
local economy over the course of the two-day event and the week
leading up to it, president of SF Pride's board of directors,
Joey Cain, said today.
This year marks the 36th San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration, according to organizers.
"We are one of the biggest (LGBT parades) in the world,"
SF Pride is the largest public event held annually in Northern
California, and the second largest in the state next to the Rose
Bowl, he said.
In May, the organization won the San Francisco Convention and
Visitor's Bureau's 2006 Cable Car Award for promoting tourism
in the city.
Saturday's official SF Pride events will begin at noon in Civic
Center Plaza, with performances and speakers on the main stage
through 6 p.m.
On Sunday at 10:30 a.m. the annual Pride Parade will get underway
with a roar when the more than 500 members of the Dykes on Bikes/Women's
Motorcycle Contingent lead almost 200 other floats and parade
participants down Market street to Civic Center.
The Dykes on Bikes will lead the march from Market Street at
Davis and Beale streets, in the city's Financial District, and
the entire parade is expected to wind up in Civic Center by around
On the Civic Center main stage, performances and speakers are
scheduled from noon through 7 p.m. Sunday.
Other, related events this weekend include the Transgender March
and Rally tonight, which departs Dolores Park at 7 p.m. and heads
toward Civic Center.
The 14th annual Dyke March is planned for Saturday, with participants
gathering from 3 p.m. in Dolores Park, and marching at 7 p.m.
from the park to the Castro neighborhood.
Pink Saturday, a Castro Street party organized by the Sisters
of Perpetual Indulgence, begins on Saturday where the Dyke March
leaves off, running from 7 p.m. through midnight at 18th and Castro
On Saturday morning a giant pink triangle will be set up at Twin
Peaks and will stay in place for around a week, Cain said.
"It can literally be seen from 60 miles away," he said.
Finally, the Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film
Festival began June 15 and runs through Sunday.
A number of San Francisco Municipal Railway lines will be affected
by the parade and extra service will also be provided in the Metro
subway from Friday night through Sunday night, the agency reported
The F Market and Wharves historic streetcar line will be suspended
from Sunday at 7 a.m. through the end of the Pride celebration
between Van Ness Avenue and the Embarcadero, according to Muni
spokeswoman Maggie Lynch.
The F Market will continue to operate on either side of this
stretch of Market Street.
Tonight, Muni lines 6 Parnassus, 19 Polk, 21 Hayes, 22 Fillmore,
26 Valencia, 33 Stanyan, 47 Van Ness, 49 Mission/Van Ness, 71
Haight-Noriega, F-Market and Metro "owl" bus service
will be affected by the Transgender March and Rally from around
On Saturday, Muni lines 33 Stanyan, 22 Fillmore, 35 Eureka, 24
Divisadero, 26 Valencia, 37 Corbett, F Market and Metro "owl"
services will be re-rerouted or otherwise affected, Lynch reported.
On Sunday, Muni lines 5 Fulton, 6 Parnassus, 9 San Bruno, 14
Mission, 15 Third Street, 19 Polk, 21 Hayes, 26 Valencia, 27 Bryant,
30 Stockton, 31 Balboa, 38 Geary, 45 Union-Stockton, 71 Haight-Noriega,
76 Marin Headlands, F Market and Metro "owl" buses will
be affected by the Pride parade and other related celebrations,
according to Muni.
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