It’s a good thing we’re having an unseasonably warm February, because the third annual Nude Valentine’s Parade has been granted permits and is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17. Now in its third year, the pantsless procession will march from the Castro to City Hall that Saturday morning with participants wearing nothing but a protest sign.
This year’s parade permits had been in question after a dressing-down from the San Francisco Police Department. “There were two sets of applications and one had to be destroyed because the lead organizer in the past won’t be here for the event,” co-organizer Giovanni Vassallo told the Chronicle. “The police department didn’t want an application from someone who wasn’t going to be there.”
That “lead organizer in the past” is nudity activist Gypsy Taub (Link NSFW!), co-founder of the Body Freedom Network who’s been in the news this year for organizing a nude Summer of Love parade and a naked, standing-on-the-table diatribe at the end of a Berkeley City Council meeting. (The NSFW video Naked Riot at Berkeley City Council September 12th, 2017 is available online, with the naked, table-standing shenanigans beginning at the 15:57 mark.)
Unlike the purely whimsical No Pants BART Ride, the Nude Valentine’s Parade is intended to make a political statement. The event has its origins as a protest of Scott Wiener’s 2012 public nudity ban, over which nudists sued the city and did actually win a $20,000 settlement.
Wiener’s public nudity ban technically does remain in effect, but the full text of the nudity ban makes an exemption for “Any permitted parade, fair, or festival held under a City or other government issued permit.” Since this event is now permitted as a parade, feel free to buff out in your birthday suit (as long as you’re with the parade contingent.)
Nude Valentine’s Parade, Saturday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m., with a 10:30 gathering at Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro and 11 a.m. procession to City Hall.