All right, folks, there's gonna be a Pride parade contingent. My partner and I have committed ourselves to organizing, cat-herding, and even throwing some cash at these shenanigans. What we need from you:
* We need you to take monitor training. I'll post more detail later unless our humble moderator beats me to it, but the great news is that YOU CAN TAKE IT ONLINE. No more having to take a day off work or hauling yourself to somewhere in the East Bay at an awkward time! We need a BUNCH of monitors - vehicle and pedestrian monitors.
* We need a theme. I would really like for us to have some cohesiveness this year in our contingent! I have an Emergency Backup Theme if you don't come up with something better. Since we have next to zero budget, theme's gotta be cheap. If you have suggestions, please sing out! Unless you come up with something better, it's "Save the 'B's" and lots of letter B on sticks and B-shaped balloons and everything, like a giant Sesame Street skit. You can do better than that, right?
* We need you to round up all your bi friends and allies, and tell them to come and march this year. Marching means under your own power - we do not have space for riders unless something changes.
What we do have:
* A vehicle which can hold your backpack and some water, but no passengers
* Spare signs and banners
* A MEGAPHONE (those of you who are good at crowd-pleasing can take turns, maybe we'll come up with some chants when the theme is solid)
* Some flags and banners
* Lots of heart! I want to nail the theme down soon, so get me those ideas as soon as you can. Hope to see you there!
In previous years SF Pride has done the training in-person. They will
not be doing that this year. Instead they are offering a simple,
two-step online training that will get more information to more people,
meaning a better parade for everyone, and saving all participants time
Yours in Pride!
STEP 1: Watch the 10-minute video at the link below:
This video contains pertinent information for ALL contingent members, so
please take the time to watch it, even if you are not able to commit to
being a monitor on the day of the parade.
STEP 2: Complete the survey at the link below:
This survey gets your name and contingent information, and asks you a
few questions to verify that you did in fact watch the video.
Every contingent needs to register two wheel monitors for every axle on
all motorized vehicles in the contingent. In addition, we need to
register contingent monitors based on the formula below.
2 - 25 Marchers - 2 CM's registered
26 - 50 Marchers - 4 CM's registered
51 - 75 Marchers - 6 CM's registered
76 - 100 Marchers - 8 CM's registered
101 - 200 Marchers - 10 CM's registered
201 - 300 Marchers - 12 CM's registered
301 - 400 Marchers - 14 CM's registered
401 - 500 Marchers - 16 CM's registered
501 - 600 Marchers - 18 CM's registered
So a contingent with 75 marchers and a 4-wheeled vehicle would need to
register 6 Contingent Monitors, and 4 wheel monitors for a minimum of 10
Once our contingent has registered at least this minimum number of
monitors, our training requirement for the SF Pride parade 2016 is
Note that I say _officially_ complete. UNofficially, I am not personally
going to be happy unless I know we have at least twice as many people
registered as we need for the size of our contingent. (I have very
serious reasons for being this stressed about it, which I'll share in
The parade is in EIGHTEEN DAYS, folks! Let's get excited!
Yours in Pride,
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