SF’s “Pink Triangle” Official 2022 Grand Lighting (June 1-July 1)
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Jane Warner Memorial Plaza | 401 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Get ready for 2,700 pink lights to turn on for the 2022 edition of the Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks in San Francisco.
The Pink Triangle has been installed atop Twin Peaks in San Francisco for each Pride weekend since 1996, as a visible yet mute reminder of man’s inhumanity to man. It is almost 200 feet across, nearly an acre in size, and can be seen for 20 miles.
The triangle, which organizers with Pink Triangle of Twin Peaks say covers about an acre on the hillside, will be illuminated nightly for a month starting Wednesday, using 2,700 pink LED nodes from Illuminate, the nonprofit organization behind the light display on the Bay Bridge.
SF’s Massive Pink Triangle 2022
June 1 – July 1, 2022
Grand Lighting approximately between 8:30-9p on June 1, 2022
Twin Peaks, San Francisco
Public Viewing Area w/ Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – around 8:30-9p at Market & Castro – actual lighting time may vary.
In 2022 the Pink Triangle will be illuminated atop Twin Peaks all of Pride Month, from dusk on June 1st to sunrise on July 1st.
The Pink Torch procession ends at the commemoration site when the Dykes on Bikes bring the torch. After the commemoration ceremony, SF Mayor London Breed, pushes the pink button to light up the Pink Triangle. The ceremony will begin around 8–30p with different sources say the lighting will take place at 8:30p or 9p.
The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (the “official band” of SF) performs before the ceremony. Leanne Borghesi opens the ceremony with singing ‘San Francisco’.
- 8:00 pm – The Pink Torch will have a private escort from Dykes on Bikes to Twin Peaks for the lighting of the public art exhibit.
- Public Viewing area for the Grand Lighting with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence occurs at “Pink Triangle Park” (aka Market & Castro) in the Castro.
- 8:30 pm – Dedication Ceremony on Twin Peaks (media only)
- 8:30-9:00 pm – Grand Lighting with Mayor London Breed and dignitaries on Twin Peaks – please note this time is approximate and could be earlier depending on weather.
Pink Triangle founder Patrick Carney and Illuminate CEO Ben Davis open and introduce honored Guests listed below.
Towards the end of the ceremony the Pink Torch is brought by Dykes on Bikes and the procession ends when San Francisco Mayor London Breed, pushes the pink button to light up the Pink Triangle. The SF L/G Band and Leanne Borghesi close the ceremony with ‘CA Here I Come’.
HONORED GUESTS: San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Jeopardy Champion Amy Schneider tells the “History of the Pink Triangle”, Consul General of Ukraine, CA State Senator Scott Wiener, CA State Assemblymember Phil Ting, SF City Attorney David Chiu, SF Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, and SF Supervisor Matt Dorsey.
Pink Torch Procession
The Pink Torch Procession starts at Oakland City Hall, winds around Lake Merritt and through Oakland. Torch bearers will be escorted and supported by Dykes on Bikes, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and Cheer SF. The Pink Torch will be transported by Dykes on Bikes to San Francisco. The Procession will reconvene at the Ferry Building, move up Market Street and into the Castro. Dykes on Bikes will the Pink Torch via motorcycle on its final leg up Twin Peaks for the ceremony and official lighting by Mayor London Breed.
Approximate Pink Torch Procession Schedule
- 11:30 am – Oakland Procession kick-off with Mayor Libby Schaaf near Oakland City Hall
- 12:10 pm – 3:30 pm – Procession of 30+ torchbearers who are LGBTQ luminaries and unsung heroes begins with Mayor Schaaf, moving through Oakland/Lake Merritt areas
- 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – San Francisco Procession begins at the Ferry Building. Torchbearers will walk up Market Street, by City Hall and into the Castro.
Pink Torch Procession Details
- 30 LGBTQ torchbearers (plus friends and supporters) will walk in the Procession which starts at Oakland City Hall, winds around Lake Merritt and through Oakland to SF.
- The Pink Torch contains multiple pink LEDs, is programmable, and was created by artists at Looking Up Arts in San Francisco. It weighs approx 4lbs and is made from cast aluminum (300 recycled cans!). The torch is 2 feet tall and 5 inches in diameter.
- Torchbearers will be joined by friends and supporters for the first time (Covid restrictions prevented this previously). This year we have our first group, the Lavender Seniors
- All torchbearers will be given pink capes.
- Torchbearers will be escorted and supported by Dykes on Bikes, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and Cheer SF.
- The Pink Torch will be transported from Oakland to SF by Dykes on Bikes. The Procession will reconvene at the Ferry Building, move up Market Street to the Castro.
- Dykes on Bikes will carry the Pink Torch via motorcycle on its final leg up Twin Peaks for the ceremony and official lighting by Mayor London Breed.
Sign up for 2022 Volunteer opportunities
- Sunday, May 29th: Installers are needed to help hang up the shiny pink streamers (sparklers) and install pink borders for the pink triangle “outline”.
- From May 24th to May 29th: Installers are needed to help install the poles, stakes, and cables and setup sparklers.
- From May 24th to July 1st: Site Monitors are needed to help monitor the site at all times.
- Saturday, July 2nd, 10:30am: Take-Down volunteers of the pink triangle “outline” and shiny pink streamers (sparklers).
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