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ARRIVE AT NOON and Follow the DECOMandments below to better enjoy and support our community event!

The 2011 DECOMmandments & Survival Guide

The Decom Heat The Street FaIRE! is on Indiana St. between Mariposa and 22nd
Public Entrance: Through UCSF lot on Minnesota (between 18th and 19th Streets)
October 9, 2011
Noon till Midnight
Park closes at 10 pm
Sound ends at 10 pm everywhere except the Mariposa Stage (until 11pm)
Taxi Stand: corner of 18th and Minnesota
Bike Racks: corner of 19th and Minnesota
Located just off the T-Line on 3rd and near major bus lines. Please use them:
Muni bus #22, #48 and BART connects with the 3rd St T-line

Here’s how you can participate in making this our best Decompression ever!

  • Arrive Early! Come at NOON and enjoy a full day of amazing art, people and programming! Don't come late or you WILL miss amazing experiences and spectacles scheduled only early in the day. Enter between 18th & 19th on Minnesota through the UCSF lot; the other entries are for will call and registered artists/performers only.

  • Respect Our Neighbors. Enter and leave the area VERY quietly. Don’t block driveways and don’t drive or park on Minnesota Street AT ALL unless approved for unloading there in advance. Please also do not camp overnight.

  • Green Your Commute! Don’t waste gas seeking a parking spot; parade to the event with thousands of others on public transportation. Or bike! There will be bike racks at 19th & Minnesota. Or carpool and park at the UCSF lot at 16th St. & 3rd St. (3 blocks away with special discounted parking rate), at the ballpark, or on Illinois Street or Terry Francois Blvd. Please do NOT drive or park at all on Minnesota Street, Indiana Street, or 19th/20th between Indiana and Tennessee. There will be a taxi stand at 18th and Minnesota for your convenience. And mass transit is VERY convenient.

  • Express Yourself and pARTicipate! Wear your finest playa pageantry and costumery. Then illuminate your outfit with solar lighting and magical powers by night! Oh, and bring warm layers. It’s San Francisco, ya know! To register art/performance/theme camp, email flambelounge(at)burningman(dot)com so we can accommodate and celebrate YOUR special contribution to this amazing community. ALL sound systems, fire art, theme camps, vehicles and stage acts MUST be registered and confirmed in advance.

  • Perform Random Acts of Art, Kindness and Gifting. You know you want to!

  • NO Renegade Sound or Unapproved Food/Beverage Service or Fire Performance, Fire Art, Fire Hats, Candles or Burning Clumps of Sage: Any of these will jeopardize this event. Leave unregistered sound and fire art home, please! And if you see anyone with fire outside the barricaded fire art area or the Mariposa fire stage, ask them to PUT IT OUT and PUT IT AWAY right away! Also no fire allowed in the park at all.

  • Volunteer! This is a volunteer-driven event and we need volunteers! To be part of the process and team that makes Decompression so special, email SEvolunteers(at)burningman(dot)com . Or stop in at Volunteer Sign-Up at the Decom Info Table located on Indiana at 19th. And EVERYONE is part of our Leave No Trace team, so please pick up any trash, club fliers and feathery bits as you enjoy the day and night.

  • Share Your Favorite Playa Photos/Videos! We need the content upfront, so please email flambelounge(at)burningman(dot)com and we'll do our best to get it up on the Decom stage screens!

  • HELP US... Express Responsibly! Protect the event and our beautiful park. We need YOUR help to honor our permit terms and promises:

    • No stakes, fire of any kind, unleashed dogs, amplified sound, vehicles or bikes in the park;

    • Use entrances and do not cut through bushes, where there are sprinkler heads;

    • No drumming, live instruments, loud or amplified sound after 10PM ANYWHERE. The only exception will be the Mariposa Stage performance until 11PM. If anyone is drumming or making amplified noise on the street after 10pm, shoot first and ask questions later. (um…don’t actually shoot them. Just get them to stop.)

    • After sound ends, talk quietly and enjoy the art, theme camps, and community.

    • If you are a registered art car or theme camp, please take extra care to not drive over ANY electric cables or distro boxes during setup/breakdown. Take special care during exodus when you are likely to be tired. Have someone safely guide you out of your spot and get home safe.

  • Leave Quietly and Travel in Groups to help one another back to your cars and next destinations. If you are alone, ask a Ranger for help and wait at one of the exits to join a group going your way. Remember this is an urban environment and there is safety in numbers. And PLEASE do not drive if you have had anything to drink. Have a designated driver or take a taxi. Smart, right!?

  • And of course… Leave No Trace! Properly sort trash, recycling and composting throughout the day. Please pick up trash and deposit it in appropriate pails. Breakdown is 10PM-Midnight for the park and 12-2AM everywhere else. By 2AM, EVERYTHING MUST BE GONE and small debris must be swept into the street for the street sweeper to work its magic. If you are exhibiting at Decom, please bring an extra broom to sweep the sidewalks clean and pick up large debris in the street. Also, please remove unwanted fliers from cars and wherever you see them. I mean, really people, can’t we just hand them to people that actually want them instead of forcing them on unsuspecting cars and neighbors!

  • Please Come Back Monday Morning!: Leaving the neighborhood cleaner than we found it is a gift we are serious about giving. If you are an early riser, return bright and early and, starting on Minnesota Street--then moving to surrounding blocks--pick up any trash, feathers, cigarette butts and leftovers you see. If you need to sleep later, come from 11am-4pm for our main annual neighborhood and park clean-up! A group of us will start on Minnesota and 19th, move to the park, Indiana Street, then surrounding streets. Many hands make light work and every year we leave the neighborhood CLEANER than we found it. Bring gloves, brooms, shovels and plastic bags if you got ‘em. We’ll bring extra supplies, free donuts and coffee! And we’ll love you even more! Seriously, we need YOU to volunteer even for a little while so we can clean the place faster than a plague of LNT locusts! Hey, thanks! This really means a lot to those of us that have to stay up all night.

If you can help with a park planting (probably in January), e-mail flambelounge(at)burningman(dot)com and we’ll send you a secret garden party announcement.

We are on your way to making this our best Decompression ever and a showcase for our art and community. Help us bring the spirit of Black Rock City to heat the streets of Black TOP City right here in San Francisco!

THANK YOU for your part in creating Black TOP City and for making this a year-round community! Special thanks to ALL the artists, performers, theme camps, volunteers, year-round Burning Man Special Events team, and Burning Man staff who make Burning Man and Decompression so darned meaningful and extraordinary! Our sincere thanks also to our lovely neighbors in the Dogpatch, SFFD, Bayview Police Dept, ISCOTT, Entertainment Commission and other public agencies involved with the day. Thank you and HOORAY!!!

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