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Permit issue may sink Pink Saturday fashion show and dance party in the Castro

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A permitting snafu may sink the Pink Saturday fashion show and dance party planned for the Castro June 25. A separate daytime event being produced by the Castro Merchants Association, featuring drag contests and a petting zoo, will go on as scheduled.Gay District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman told the Bay Area Reporter Tuesday morning that he's doubtful the other event, called A Touch of Pink, will occur.

He told the B.A.R. that Soul of Pride, which had planned to host the A Touch of Pink fashion show and dance party on Saturday, does not have a valid permit from the Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation, or ISCOTT, which is out of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency."I don't think there's going to be a Pink Saturday," Mandelman said. "As of this morning they do not have a valid permit, which leads me to believe there's not going to be a Pink Saturday in the Castro this year."Soul of Pride for years has hosted the Global Village at the Pride festival in the city's Civic Center during both days of Pride weekend and will do so again this weekend.

According to the volunteer-led group's website the A Touch of Pink event is to take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Free to attend, it is to feature at 3 p.m.

Mario B. Productions' Pretty and Pink Fashion Show. From 4 to 8 p.m. is to be music and performances, including DJ Moscone, Grand Marsha DJ Black, and hip-hop artist Drippy and Wet.Reached by phone Tuesday, Mario B said he was not aware of the permitting snafu.

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