Bay Crossings Article

Join This Year’s Spectacular Bay Parade

By 
Sejal choksi-Chugh
From the May 2015 edition of Bay Crossings

Attention all swimmers, kayakers, rowers, stand-up paddlers, surfers, boaters, sailors and Bay enthusiasts—come join San Francisco Baykeeper’s second annual Bay Parade. It’s going to be a spectacular celebration on the Bay, for the Bay!

On Sunday, May 31, starting at 11 a.m., you’re invited to parade on the water from the Ferry Building to AT&T Park. You’ll be accompanied by the Baykeeper patrol boat, the beautiful sailing ship Freda B, Hornblower’s hybrid ferry and many protection boats. Bring noisemakers, fun costumes, decorated boats and team themes! The San Francisco Giants will broadcast the Bay Parade finale from McCovey Cove on the Jumbotron as the baseball game begins.

After the parade, showers will be available for swimmers, then we’ll continue the celebration at the Bay Parade Party sponsored by Anchor Brewing.

The Bay Parade is a benefit for a healthy San Francisco Bay. All proceeds go towards Baykeeper’s work to defend San Francisco Bay from pollution, making the water safer for the recreation that the Bay Parade celebrates. Registration is $100 and all participants raise at least $200 more for the Bay. Registration includes Bay Parade participation and Bay Parade Party tickets. Fantastic prizes will be awarded to all fundraisers.

You can learn more, and register to take part in the Bay Parade, at baykeeper.org/bayparade.

Cleaning Up Trash from Bay Waters

Stand-up paddle boarders and canoers recently joined with Baykeeper in two on-the-water San Francisco Bay trash cleanups, removing 1,000 pounds of trash from the water and shorelines along Sausalito and San Rafael. Volunteers from Jen Fuller Fitness, Onboard SUP Yoga, SUP Currents, the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club and 101 Surf Sports paddled the water, pulling out trash and loading it onto their boards and boats. More volunteers walked the shore gathering trash.

The trash was collected on the shore in Sausalito and on the dock at 101 Surf Sports in San Rafael. It was then taken to Marin Sanitary Services, where it was sorted and all usable items were recycled.

More cleanups are planned. If you’d like to join in, you can find out about future cleanups by signing up for Baykeeper’s e-newsletter at baykeeper.org.