Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Dyke March to start
with noon rally


People visit and enjoy the Dyke March rally at Dolores Park before the march in 2011. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland
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Organizers of next month's Dyke March in San Francisco have announced an earlier start time for this year's event.

The annual march, which has typically ended in the Castro district to mark the beginning of the Pink Saturday street festival, will begin with a noon rally Saturday, June 27 at 18th and Dolores streets, near Dolores Park.

Marchers will leave 18th and Dolores at 3:30, head north on Dolores, then east on 17th Street and north on Valencia Street before finally going west on 16th Street into the Castro, according to Dyke March chair Elizabeth Lanyon. Attendees will arrive in the Castro by 5 to join the Pink Party.

People involved with the Pink Party, formerly known as Pink Saturday, are hoping to avoid the violence that's marred recent years by starting and ending the festival much earlier. Dyke March and Pink Party organizers have worked together to coordinate times for their events. Last year's Dyke rally started at 4 p.m.

The Pink Party will run from 3 to 8 p.m., while last year's event went from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

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