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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mixed bags of news

GG Bridge is lost in the smog, way in the back

Smoke in the air (not fog) due to the wild fires in California made it very difficult to get a clear view of the Golden Gate Bridge today, from this Nob Hill window (click on photograph to enlarge). We could really smell the smoke in San Francisco, today. Local media said to expect the same air quality throughout the week-end, at which time the wind will probably get around to start blowing all that off...

Meanwhile, predictions of yet higher gas prices sent the stock market into a downward spiral again (358 points this time!)...

On the positive side, San Francico is again getting ready for fun-filled week-end with many LGBT celebrations and events around the Bay Area. The Chronicle has devoted an entire site to Pride-related events (including pictures of past Pride celebrations, various articles and links, and a calendar of events) and if you still can't find what you need, also check out Pride or the calendar of events at sfgay.org.

Pride '07

Pride '07

The main event this week-end, of course, is the SF Gay Pride Parade, scheduled to take place on Market Street, this Sunday 6/29 from 10:30 a.m. to approx. 1:00 p.m. After the parade, the celebration continues in front of City Hall, with a main stage, booths and events (you can usually pick up a map and event program on site). Expect a crowd, though!

Donna Sachet and the KRON 4 Journalists, Pride '07

Those of you who cannot be in San Francisco this Sunday or would rather avoid the crowd will still be able to see the Parade online or on TV, on Sunday, June 29th:

* LIVE Broadcast, on Bay Area Comcast 99 (Digital) 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

* KRON 4 at www.KRON4.com, Live Webcast, and
* Clear Channel Radio on SFPrideLive.com Live & Uncensored Webcast
(from 10:00 a.m. to the end)

* Prime Time: KRON 4, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (condensed version), and
* Comcast, On Demand starting at 7:00 p.m.

Photograph of a couple getting married at SF City Hall, on 6/17/08

Because of the recent changes in California marriage law, we expect a larger crowd than usual this year in the City, so I thought I'd lend a hand and help out with the events, starting tommorrow night after work. That means that I'll probably be too busy running around to take and post pictures (or worse, I'll take pictures, then promise to post them but will never actually have the time to through them ...) So I'm counting on all of you, fellow local bloggers and amateur or professional photographers, to cover all the events this week-end, OK?

Remember, don't forget to bring water, sun protection, and a layer or two just in case the fog rolls in later on, but most importantly ... have fun!!!

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Chronicle Pride site



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Blogger Jill, Joe & Foxy said...

Have fun at all the events. I have attended parades in Chicago and Minneapolis in the past they are always fun!

Also I'm happy that in California everyone can get married now.

9:38 AM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

I sure will be happy when this smoke clears out -- which is kind of selfish, because I know that a lot of people have lost their homes.   It's like an overcast day her in Marin, athough I can barely make out some blueishness towards the west.   It still smells like smoke, but I must be getting used to it as it doesn't smell as strong was it has been...

And I've been looking forward to the Pride Pee-rade...   This will only make my second time at the bash, but last year was really wild!!!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Françoise said...

Bonjour! I put your O picture on my site, thank you again, and by coincidence there is a very similar one of the other candidate in today's edition of Le Monde.

I look forward to more pix soon!

2:10 PM  

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