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Curling on Parade
Come make curling history! SFBACC is celebrating curling and our community with a half-million people at our first San Francisco Pride on Sunday, June 30th. Sponsored in part by the USCA's Darwin Curtis grant, we aim to raise awareness of the sport in the Bay Area and beyond.
All members, family, and friends are welcome. Pride Parade contingents are packed with people who aren't LGBT, but support those who are and celebrate their organization's role in the community. We want Bay Area Curling to be a big and vibrant bunch. The more, the merrier.
RSVP: To help us with rough headcount and pre-event coordination, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 1) whether you'll march with us, and number of people you're bringing, and/or 2) time(s) you'd like to volunteer at the booth, and 3) whether you'll attend the pre-party. If you're unsure whether/when you can come, just send us a "maybe." We'll send you a pre-event email (and also try to keep this webpage current as we receive any additional details).
March: We're expected to begin marching around 11am. Please be at the meeting area on Beale St. between Mission & Howard ("L" location, near Embarcadero BART). We're #202. Note you CANNOT leave the route once we have started marching, so please monitor your morning mimosa consumption accordingly. We'll have 5,000 "Try Curling" cards to distribute, foam rocks on wheels, and brooms to entertain the crowd with some serious street curling.
Booth: For those of you who want to volunteer in our booth it will be between 2-3 hour time slots (depending on how many volunteers we have) starting at 7am, with the last one ending at around 6pm. It would be great to have a minimum of 3 people at the booth at all times, but we'd prefer 4 or even possibly 5 people depending on the crowd. We have an amazing location which is located right off a main festival entrance on Hyde, just south of Fulton ("NSW15," 1 block from Civic Center BART, between the SF Library and Asian Art Museum). We'd like one person to take pics of festival goers in front of our backdrop, which will be posted to our Facebook page. One person or possibly two (depending on crowd) will answer questions and oversee our table of curling equipment. And one or two people will be in front drawing people to our booth. We'll also sell SFBACC shirts and have an iPad to take Learn-to-Curl and lesson sign-ups on the spot. Please come with energy, enthusiasm, and your outgoing personality.
Pre-party & meeting: There will be a volunteer pre-party Saturday 6-9pm to go over final planning and logistics. If you can't make it, be sure you've RSVPed so we can email you any final details. Chris Mina's house is 47 Potomac in SF: centrally located in Duboce Park and easily accessible via public transportation. If coming from outside SF, take BART to Embarcadero or Civic Center, then transfer to the N Judah outbound MUNI; exit on Noe and Duboce stop (second stop on street level). Light snacks provided; BYOB.
Other pre-event help: YES you can help, even if you're not able to make the parade itself. We need able-bodies and minds to help test the rocks on wheels, assemble the banner, and get the word out, among other things. Email email@example.com and we'll put you to work!
Other ideas: welcome! A couple different folks have suggested buying inner tubes and turning ourselves into giant rocks (great idea-- see above about needing people to help execute!). If there's anything else you'd like to see along the parade route, in the booth, or to promote curling before or after -- let us know.
Shirts: help us roll out our new SFBACC gear! We'll sell shirts for $25 at the booth with volunteers able to pre-purchase beforehand. Pick up at the pre-party Saturday or the booth 8am Sunday.
What to wear: SFBACC jackets and/or t-shirts, with either black or Loudmouth pants. (If you want to buy Loudmouth pants now, their website has a 30% off sale.) SFBACC name tags for anyone working in the booth. If you don't own SFBACC shirts, please wear other curling shirts or something solid black, white, or bright & colorful; no jeans, please. (We want to be a cohesive & photo-friendly crowd, both marching and at the booth.) Highly encouraged: shiny holiday garland, boas, sequins, beads, party hats: anything eye-catching and festive! Bring layers: it's summer in SF, and can be foggy, windy, hot, and sunny all in the same day.
What to bring: Sunscreen. Food and water. Your shining personality.
Transportation: Parking is extremely limited, with many road closures both Saturday & Sunday. We recommend driving to your nearest public transportation stop, then taking BART, MUNI, or Caltrain in. The nearest stop to the march is Embarcadero, and the booth is a couple blocks from Civic Center.
Contact: Note that cell phone reception is usually spotty during Pride. If you need to reach us for anything during the weekend, call and text Colleen (646.742.7400) AND Chris (415.640.9726).
Conduct reminder: You'll be at a public event representing SFBACC and the curling community. So long as you're dressed in anything curling-related, or with people who are, we ask that you act accordingly: watch your language around children, refrain from public drunkenness, etc. etc. Change out of your curling clothes once you're done marching or volunteering, and feel free to embarrass yourself however you like!
THANK YOU for helping support SFBACC at this historic event!