SF Pride Parade
Sunday, June 30th, 2019 • 11am to 4:30pm
Downtown San Francisco
Join us as we march in the SF Pride Parade for the 9th year in a row! We'll be showing our ace pride and promoting awareness of asexuality in a fun way.
Parade Contingent Safety Info
Parade Training Video - if you have time before the parade, please consider watching the short 10-minute parade training info video - it has useful information about the parade route and parade safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlSQSCvgKcg&t=3s
• Contingent Name: Asexuality SF
• Contingent Placement: TBA
• Lineup Section: TBA
• Contingent must be in place by: TBA
• Estimated Rollout: TBA* (in practice, we usually start moving a fair bit later, but I still recommend aiming to arrive by this time to make sure there's no chance of being left behind. Plus, we're fun to hang out with!
Getting to the Parade
Our gathering point is right near both the Embarcadero BART station and the transbay bus terminal, and a 10-block walk from the Caltrain station. Because of how crowded SF will be, taking public transit is recommended. Please note that while transbay buses should be operating normally, city buses may be on alternate routes and schedules due to street closures.
Parking anywhere near downtown SF is literally impossible during pride, so public transportation is recommended. If you will be driving in, we suggest parking near one of the non-SF BART stations and taking BART into the city.
What to Bring
- Water (Plastic or metal bottles only; no glass!)
- A hat and/or sunglasses
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Hand sanitizer (if you want to hi-five the crowd)
- Performance-y things that are easy to carry (hoola hoops, poi, flags, signs, etc)
- Any ace swag you want to show off - flags, signs, anything you want!
Please note that mylar balloons are banned for environmental reasons.
What to Expect
The Parade morning starts with lineup, where all marching groups gather at the southeast end of Market Street to meet up and get in order. Because the parade has a ton of groups (it often takes 4+ hours just to get them all onto the route!), there's usually a fair amount of waiting time between when the parade kicks off at 10:30 and when we actually start moving onto the parade route.
The parade route itself goes straight west on Market, starting around Spear street and ending around 8th street. It takes about 45 min to an hour of moderate paced walking with lots of starts and stops to get from the end of the parade route. There's no entry or exit from the route once we start walking (pending medical or other urgent issues), so keep that in mind when deciding if you feel up to marching.
The weather is typically warm, so make sure to bring enough water to stay hydrated, and any sunscreen/hats/sunglasses to keep off the worst of the sun.
Also, there are lines for all the porta-potties and not many other restrooms near the lineup, so we recommend doing what you need to do before you come to the parade. We'll have better access to restrooms in the Market/Twitter building after the parade ends.
If you plan to attend the festival after the parade, there will be security screenings at the gate so be sure to read up on what you can or can't bring. (These rules do not apply to the parade route). There will be a significant police presence at all Pride activities in the city, with both uniformed and plain clothes officers on duty to monitor the events
After the Parade
After we reach the end of the parade route, we'll be splitting off from the main pride festivities to hang out, rest up a bit, and grab some food away from the worst of the crowds. If you want to come hang out with us but don't want to march the whole way, this would be a great time to meet up. Our current plan is to meet up in the semi-secret courtyard behind the Twitter building.