Flagging In The Park – San Francisco

By August 5, 2014Events

Saturday, September 6th – 1 PM to 4 PM

NatioFITP September 2014 flyernal AIDS Memorial Grove – Golden Gate Park

Come enjoy the sun, music, flora, and friends in the beautiful National AIDS Memorial Grove.  This event is open to all flow artists – fanning, flagging, poi, staff, hoopers and their supporters.  Flags available for use or just relax, take in the fun dance music and colorful visuals.  Bring a beverage, a lunch, something to sit on, and enjoy.

Music by: Luke Johnstone Luke’s passion for music and his craft are obvious – from soulful grooves to driving funky house, uplifting vocals, and progressive tribal beats. Originally from the UK, Luke is now based in SF but travels the world with his music. Whether it’s a club in London, bar in Bangkok, beach in Bali, or big city circuit party in the US, Luke always bring an international flavor to his sets. We are thrilled and honored to have Luke return to spin his sixth FITP!

Our beneficiary: Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center – LYRICestablished 25 years ago with a mission to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health, promotion, and leadership development with LGBTQQ youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders and abilities. LYRIC envisions a diverse society where LGBTQQ youth are embraced for who they are and encouraged to be who they want to be. LYRIC promotes social justice and supports young leaders, their families, and allies, to build a world that honors, respects and appreciates LGBTQQ youth and their contributions.

Where to go: National AIDS Memorial Grove – Taking public transportation is encouraged, finding a place for your car can be challenging.  Never been there: pair up with someone who has been there; if you drive – go early for better parking, map here.  Walking directions from 2nd and Irving  (N-Judah).  Walking directions from 9th and Judah (Bus #6, #43, and N-Judah).  Walking directions from Stanyan and Hayes (Bus #21, #5).  Walking directions from Haight and Stanyan (Bus #33, #7, #71)

About FITP:  In 1997 a group of San Francisco flaggers started a tradition of celebrating life by gathering in the newly dedicated National AIDS Memorial Grove.  Here we are seventeen years later, the event is thriving and growing; with the DJs, organizers, and participants donating their time, energy and love to help raise money for mostly local (sometimes national) non-profits.

What to expect: The National AIDS Memorial Grove is in a gorgeously secluded meadow in Golden Gate Park.  There are little or no services nearby.  Often the fog is licking at the sky above especially in the summer, bring sunscreen and a wrap.  Bring something to sit on; pack a lunch or bring snacks and beverages; flags are available for use; usually a few furry friends roaming.  Our DJ spins vocal fun-filled dance music and flow artists eagerly enjoy and share their art with newcomers.  No pressure to participate, come relax and take in the color and beauty of our tribe.

2014 Partners: Flagging In The Park is proud to partner again with Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, the nonprofit behind REAL BAD – they will be offering a $2,000 matching grant for all 5 of our 2014 events. Proving it takes a village, this event would not happen without the support of these partners: National AIDS Memorial Grove, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Randal Schiller Productions, Gloss Magazine, Flagger Central, Fitness SF, Benefit Marketing, Kenshi Westover, Kimpton Hotels, the many volunteers that help with set up and strike. Make sure to let them know you appreciate their help with FITP!

Next 2014 events: Oct 4

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