SF is a great place to celebrate anything. i thought halloween might be a little anti-climatic since people dress up here all the time any way and my life always feels just a litttttle like halloween, but, SF does, in fact, certainly know how to celebrate halloween! it started on friday and ended up with a renegade party thrown by these djs that text people the address at 6:66 in the morning (7:06 a.m.) and party in a public park until they are kicked out, which they know they will be, and they then move on to the next park and its all word of mouth as to where it is going to be.
friday night was spent at the armory that kink.com owns. that was not quite as shocking as i had thought it was going to be, but was still an experience, of course!!
sat was a hugeeee warehouse party out in treasure island. that was my first time to TI, and the warehouse party was just great, with everyone in all sorts of costumes. its a burner crowd at these warehouse parties, so in a way it feels like halloween at burning man. if that is even possible, at all.
i was a viking girl IN THAT AWESOME HAT WE BOUGHT on sat. flapper on friday. i dressed like a gypsy girl on sunday for the outdoor party, bc, at the end of the day, that is what i really am ; )
THEN: the giants won the world series, and i got to experience this win at a fun fun indoor outdoor bar in the castro. the most perfect setting for me to watch sports in surrounded by gay men. truly. the most enjoyable time ive ever spent at a ‘sports bar’. the party spilled into the street, and dave had parked right near the corner, so i stood on the car and cheered. people who had an apt w a balcony on the street played ‘dont stop believing’ and ‘we are the campions’ and caused a dance party/ sing along in the streets. it went on for hours and was a truly joyous time.
and LAST night was dia de los muertos, celebrated at a park in the mission. there were many alters and many creepy painted faces who did look like haunting skulls, and many beautiful, ornate face paintings and costumes as well. people who lost a loved one make an alter to remember them by, and to pray for them. the alters were very beautiful, and it was interesting to see the change from the rowdy halloween spirit of SF revelers suddenly turn solemn, and while yet again dressed up, this time being reverent and introspective.
here is a video of the parade and the gathering at garfield park in the mission afterwards: