In an effort to curtail late-night crowds, hooliganism, and violence, in the Castro, the entire schedule of the Saturday of Pride weekend is shifting up by several hours, which includes the traditional early evening Dyke March through the Mission. As the Bay Area Reporter tells us, following on all the reorganization and re-branding of Not Pink Saturday, the lesbian festivities of the day will begin with a Dolores Park rally at noon, and the march will leave from there at 3:30 p.m., ending up in the Castro to join the unnamed festivities there by 5 p.m.
Whereas Pink Saturday used to go from 5 p.m. until 10:30 or 11, the plan is to start it this year at 3 p.m. and shut it down by 8 p.m. Likewise, Dyke March, which always started around 6 p.m., had to be shifted earlier as well.
The Dyke March route will be as follows: north on Dolores, then east on 17th Street and north on Valencia Street before finally going west on 16th Street and into the Castro.