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Alan Joseph Williams

51 neighbors want dance parties, instead of riots, when the Giants win the World Series in San Francisco.

If we want to avoid post-championship riots, our government needs to send a clear message: theres nothing wrong with a little bump n’ grind. Inaugural citywide dance party playlist here: bop.fm/p/kF0I

It will be 9pm in on the West Coast when the Giants win the World Series tonight. A split-second after that last pitch, the Giants will rush the mound in Kansas City and their fans will rush the streets across San Francisco. The Bay will glow effervescent, and entire region celebrating all at once.

These vivid celebrations are a rare blessing — a positive experience shared between millions. They sustain and replenish the empathy required to get along in a city this big and tumultuous. But if tonight is anything like 2012, the experience will get tainted by scenes in this video.

What should be a unambiguously positive experience for literally the widest-cross section of our neighbors we can muster will instead be sullied with mindless destruction and even violence. Celebrations that for a moment are safe for females, inclusive of all ages, and composed of all backgrounds, become the province of drunk young men and police narrowing their perimeter. Eventually things devolve into broken windows and dangerous spectacle, and the cops snuff out the party with force.

This is not the fault of the drunk young men. After all, they are the guests at this party. The City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Giants are producing this event. They need come to terms with the fact that they are throwing a party. And the only kind of party that can metabolize the torrent of energy unleashed by a World Series win is a legitimate dance party.

It’s best to let our imaginations run with this.

First of all, a police-produced dance party is also going to have to play far funkier music than they are probably comfortable with. Until proven otherwise, people will dismiss the idea of a police dance party as a setlist full of bloodless compromises and tone deaf Top 40. The police will have to go the extra mile to establish immediately that people are allowed to take the freak out. We need to know that is alright to be a little intimate.

They’ll need to get that message across to people of all ages and backgrounds. This party isn’t the exclusive province of the young or cool, but instead, as many people as we can include. There are a ton of other things the police can start doing to get the vibe right and keep it going:

- Ditch the guns. Otherwise one of us will have our hands up eventually.
- Ditch the staid uniforms. Police throwing a dance party need to look fresh. Maybe some all white suits with matching shoes.
- Hire some dancers or and learn to dance yourself. Consider bringing on a lighting engineer to help you outfit those helicopters and drones.
- Bring more bottles of water than you think we’ll need.

This is no easy feat. Inevitably, it will demand leadership from only the most talented and beloved pop and hip-hop stars we have. To throw excellent dance parties, police departments everyone will need to draft celebrities into public service.

San Francisco could lead the way with an interim appointment of Del the Funky Homosapien. Obviously Beyoncé has first right of refusal in Houston. Black Thought and Questlove are Co-Captains in Philly. Common runs Chicago, Macklemore runs Seattle.

In the meantime, we will have to settle for some movement from the grassroots. With the help of friends, I’ve put together a first pass a playlist for a public dance party tonight on the Streets of San Francisco. I have no doubt ya’ll can do even better. Make your own playlist, share it, and maybe try to get the party started on the right foot tonight: bop.fm/p/kF0I

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Tom K.

How Warriors fans are celebrating in Oakland.

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Vine by Chris Palmatier

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Posted Jun 16, 2015
Dan
Dan
Jun 16, 2015

Love this!

Posted by Dan on Jun 16, 2015
Chris Palmatier
Chris Palmatier
Jun 16, 2015

still happening! bars along tele in uptown are blasting popular tunes to get the crowd dancing and OPD is holding off. what a celebration should be, at least at this early hour!

Posted by Chris Palmatier on Jun 16, 2015
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jun 18, 2015

And a much-needed win for the OPD.

Posted by Tom K. on Jun 18, 2015
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David Zangwill

Amazing way to channel the energy from destructive to constructive. I organize monthly danceparties in public space through SilentDiscoSquad.com - people use their headphones and smartphone to synchronized the music! It's pretty wild... ~:D

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Posted Nov 5, 2014
Dan
Dan
Nov 5, 2014

Right on David - Silent Disco could be a great way to handle noise ordinances.

Posted by Dan on Nov 5, 2014
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Mariva H. Aviram

Also needed: Lots of portable toilets.

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Posted Oct 30, 2014
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Lou

USA Today tells me there was a dance party around Civic Center with an impromptu jazz band. (www.usatoday.com/story/sports/...) (I'm a bit far out of town; must live vicariously through others) Did you have anything to do with that?

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Giants fans celebrate title in streets, some arrested

Giants fans have taken to the streets of San Francisco to celebrate their team's World Series victory over the Kansas City Royals.

www.usatoday.com/story/sports/...

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Posted Oct 30, 2014
Dan
Dan
Oct 30, 2014

Yes, there was a small brass band parade on Market that helped create a good vibe in Central Market. Maybe the solution is to have many small parades in Mission, Ballpark, and Civic Center.

Posted by Dan on Oct 30, 2014
Mariva H. Aviram
Mariva H. Aviram
Oct 30, 2014

Actually, this would be a good night for local bands to come out and play in major neighborhood centers.

Posted by Mariva H. Aviram on Oct 30, 2014
Dan
Dan
Oct 31, 2014

I like that idea Mariva.

Posted by Dan on Oct 31, 2014
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Dan

We have a great opportunity to get this in front of the Giants management as part of their new project in Mission Rock. I think they could prototype this idea by providing a hype crew dressed as "police" to show the SFPD the potential of this idea.

Let's help our city celebrate the right way.

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Posted Oct 29, 2014
Cecilia C.
Cecilia C.
Oct 29, 2014

Great idea! What about connecting with BayAreaFlash Mob to see if they're interested?

Posted by Cecilia C. on Oct 29, 2014
Cecilia C.
Cecilia C.
Oct 29, 2014

www.bayareaflashmob.com/

Posted by Cecilia C. on Oct 29, 2014
Dan
Dan
Oct 29, 2014

That's a great idea Cecilia ... thank you!

Posted by Dan on Oct 29, 2014
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Tom K.

Dan-- love this idea.

Imagine if there were floats slowly rolling through neighborhoods like the Mission or North Beach carrying DJs playing quintessential Bay Area songs. And what if the city had prepared mini "Giants celebration zones" in anticipation beforehand. And dancing, reveling, singing in the streets was not only allowed, but encouraged in these specific areas. Have an action plan for the city involving neighbors, the police, and city government all designed to help people celebrate together without violence and destruction.

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Posted Oct 29, 2012
Kelly Schwerin
Kelly Schwerin
Oct 30, 2014

The parking lots by, or even the stadium can be set up like fan fest for viewing. Ready to go, security to get in, food options, no booze..big screens, pull in the local radio stations to have their DJs start playing immediately, win or lose... cuz a loss needs music to heal too. And they'll promote the peaceful celebrations' locations in the days leading up to the final game

Posted by Kelly Schwerin on Oct 30, 2014
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