Fans of Pink Saturday, take heart: there will be a street party in the Castro on Saturday, June 27th, as the event has found a new organizer (though it's unclear whether the name "Pink Saturday" will remain).
The Bay Area Reporter brings news that the event, which is expected to start and end earlier than in previous years, will be coordinated by the San Francisco LGBT Center, which is expected to contract with an event planner to help plan the event. Funding for the event will come from City Hall, though the final cost is yet to be determined.
The event’s future was uncertain when its longtime coordinator, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, voted to bow out. In recent years, there had been a number of violent incidents on the night of the party, including an attack on one of the Sisters.
Sup. Scott Wiener has been a vocal advocate of continuing the event but making sure it ended early to avoid the rowdy crowds that usually arrived later in the evening. The event is expected to end by 8 or 8:30pm this year, but the BAR reports that instead of reducing music and entertainment options, as some have pushed for, the new organizers are looking into increasing both the entertainment and food options at this year's event, as well as how to promote a positive vibe throughout the event as a whole.
This year’s Pride celebration is expected to have a large turnout because of the anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, which is anticipated in mid-June. In previous years, tens of thousands of Pride attendees came to the Castro following daytime events at Civic Center and the late afternoon Dyke March in Dolores Park.