There is a great website and Facebook page on how to go about continuing the party at Bay to Breakers and what your rights are as you party in the streets of San Francisco.
I have to agree with this website whole heartedly. Let’s NOT let some company, AEG, from LA tell us what to do in OUR CITY.
The organization that put all this information together is www.SaveBay2Breakers.org.
10 THINGS TO REMEMBER AT THE 100th BAY TO BREAKERS:
1. Show Up.
Race organizer AEG has tried to scare you off with bullshit rumors about this, that and the other thing. Don’t let them win.
2. Dress Up…Or Don’t Dress at All.
It’s true! Costumes bring out the debauchery in us. So does nudity.
B2B is a huge party. A celebration of the spirit of San Francisco. Don’t let some company from L.A. tell you what to do in our city. Celebrate responsibly, respect the neighbors, and take care of yourself and your friends. Then go big!
4. Follow Us On Twitter.
5. Liquid Discretion.
CamelBak, flask, klean kanteen, backpack, beer belly, wine rack, etc. Just be cool and so will the SFPD.
6. Know Your Rights.
Know your rights and use them. Politely recite your rights to any authority, and if they deny them or treat you with disrespect, document the situation using photos, videos, witnesses, etc. Upload via Twitter and Facebook.
Here’s a list of your rights:
a. Race Course Entry.
It is illegal for AEG or the police to prevent you from entering any street or sidewalk. According to the City of San Francisco (ISCOTT) Conditions For Temporary Use of Streets:
“The temporary use or occupancy of a public street shall not unnecessarily obstruct or bar public access onto said street. Sidewalks shall remain open at all times for pedestrian use unless closure of the sidewalk is provided for by resolution of the Board of Supervisors explaining the reasons for such closure.”
The Board of Supervisors has passed no such resolution.
b. Police Search.
Do not consent to a police search. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Don’t give police a reason to search you, and then they can’t. If they ask, just say NO, politely.
c. Police Arrest.
Drinking in public is not an arrestable offense. It is punishable only by confiscation and/or fine.
(Article 1 Section 21 SF Police Code)
d. Sobering Tents.
Sobering tents are illegal. In order for them to qualify under California law as a legal treatment facility, they must be open for at least 72 hours and certified by the state. If the police take you to a sobering tent, call a lawyer. In order to be taken into protective custody (a drunk tank), a person must be:
“unable to exercise care for his or her own safety or the safety of others.”
(Section 647(f) of the California Penal Code)
e. Confiscation of Alcohol.
Unopened alcohol containers cannot be confiscated by the police. Be discreet.
Save our handy Bay to Breakers Booze Map to your My Maps in Google Maps on your smartphone and it’ll lead you to the closest purveyor of your favorite spirits.
8. What You Should Bring.
Besides the good stuff? Water, something warm, rain jacket, comfy shoes, phone, sunscreen, hat, money, muni pass, happiness.
9. When All Else Fails.
Close your eyes, click your heels three times and say, “Panhandle, Panhandle, Panhandle”. It’s always the best party.
10. Respect The Neighborhoods.
Pee in a potty. Poo in a potty. Recycle. Pick up trash. Thank the neighbors along the route for hosting such a great event. Make sure your friends do the same.