~ Flagging In The Park – San Francisco ~

By September 9, 2014Events, News

Saturday, October 4th – 1 PM to 4 PM

National AIDS Memorial Grove – Golden Gate Park 

Jack Whiteford - pictured

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: Brian Norwood  – not a house-hold name here in SF, I’m thrilled to have Brian gracing the decks at FITP. Based on the East Coast, Brian is an Atlanta based DJ specializing in various forms of happy-trippy-deep house music. The common denominator for Brian’s music selections and the way he combines them in his set is intelligence. Come treat yourself to his sophisticated style as he opens his heart spinning rare classics that will delight us all!

Our beneficiary: Gay-Straight Alliance NetworkThe GSA Network helps LGBTQ students and straight allies organize GSA clubs focused on activism to create safer schools. Their resources empower students to advocate for safe schools policies, mobilize their peers to stand up for safety and equality, and train teachers to stop bullying. By providing in-depth leadership and activist training for youth, the GSA Network is building a generation of leaders for LGBTQ rights and social justice!

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, OurTownSF, and the many volunteers that help with set up and strike. Make sure to let them know you appreciate their help with FITP!

This is our last event of the 2014 season.

FITP on Facebook here

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