The Leather / Fetish / Motorcycle / Kink Community of the San Francisco Bay Area will be out in force for the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
If you have not already made plans for the day, consider marching with the Leather Pride Contingent. Many of the constituent groups within the Leather Alliance will have subcontingents marching within the Leather Pride group; if your group is not already involved, you can show up anyway and join in — maybe even help carry the large Leather Pride flag!
All marchers are urged to view the Monitor Training Video, and review the other information at the Leather Pride Contingent web site, to prepare for the day. But the main thing you need to know is where to find us on Sunday morning:
Note that the Leather Pride Contingent has an excellent position in the parade lineup, so you can expect (a) to be seen by lots of people on the live television coverage, and (b) to complete your marching at a reasonable hour, so you can enjoy the Festival at Civic Center, visit Leather Alley (on Hyde Street above McAllister), or volunteer with your favorite non-profit organization.
The Leather Pride Contingent organizers have asked all marchers to cooperate in some specific ways, to help make the Parade a joy for all, and to assure our continued good positioning in future parades. Specifically:
- No demonstrations or other actions that might delay the parade. Please “close the gaps” and keep the parade moving at all times.
- Keep it “live television friendly”. Don’t give anyone an excuse to turn the cameras away from us. Yes, that means no nudity, and no dirty words on your protest signs. Let’s be creatively outrageous!
So, once again, the Leather Pride Contingent will meet up at Mission and Spear (by Walgreens). That’s “Block J” on the official maps. Please arrive no later than 10:00 a.m., planning to step off onto Market Street around 11 or 11:30 am.
As noted by the Pride Parade organizers, a major theme this year is #resist. The event on June 25 is not just a joyous demonstration of our pride; it is a march, a call to resist regression, stand up against exclusion, demand equality, and celebrate diversity. If you have stood on the sidelines in the past, or let the entire event pass you by, this is the time we need you. This is the year to join in.