Posts Tagged ‘halloween in the castro’

Halloween in the Castro 2011 a Huge Success – City Defies City Family, Shows Up in Costume Despite the Official Ban

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

[UPDATE: Appears as if the City Family actually fought back against the revelers with water trucks. So much for the “zero tolerance” edict from Police Chief Greg Suhr. Anyway, look for Halloween in the Castro 2012 to be twice as big. You’ll see…]

To review, here’s the official word from San Francisco’s Gay Goebbels, “City Family” Minister of Propaganda David Perry, about Halloween in the Castro 2011:

“THERE WILL BE NO HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION IN THE CASTRO in 2011″

“…Staying Home for Halloween is the ‘in’ thing to do…”

And here’s the same message from a local media outfit, you know, the one owned by gay-hating, evolution-unbelieving Republican Philip Anschutz:

“Halloween bash in San Francisco’s Castro won’t rise from dead this year”

But nevertheless, cool people got dressed up and headed to the Castro last night (pants not necessarily required), just like back in the day.

Like these people waiting for the 24 Divisadero bus yesterday evening:

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Actually, the Castro was hopping. Via Owenchristoff:

Fun Halloween! Castro was a zoo. Glad to be back in the quiet Richmond dist.”

Bay Citizen writer Scott James brought it all home for us last night:

Official party? Nope. Who cares. Crowds converging now on San Francisco’s Castro for Halloween”

And there’s this, from NilesHD:

“Although there’s no official San Francisco Halloween anymore in the Castro, that’s where most people go to celebrate Halloween !!”

Now the way to explain this is by noting that the City Family doesn’t really benefit from people going to the Castro district on Halloween, so it suppresses turnout by lying to people.

Simply.

(If Halloween were an event that the City Family cared about, then things would be much different. It’d be more like the sitch with the America’s Cup 2013, you know, Rich People Like Boats, so it’s full speed ahead with AC13. Oh well.)

Now what’s this, is it the campaign of, speak of the Devil, quasi-City Family member David Chiu on the streets of the Castro last night?

Yep:

And they weren’t alone, of course:

Via Luxomedia

Happy Halloween 2011, San Francisco.

See you next year!

OMG, Halloween in the Castro is Making a Comeback for 2011 – New Mayor, New Policy? – SFPD Busy With OccupySF

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Have you heard the Word on the Street? It’s that Halloween in the Castro is making a comeback in 2011. So get dressed up and go, if you want.

Now, they won’t shut down the streets and put up fences and charge admission the way they did just a few years back. Oh no. Castro in the Halloween is returning but as a smaller event. You know, the way it was before all the “bros and hos” from Santa Clara County started showing up.

I haven’t heard word one about Halloween being cancelled this year – perhaps a new Mayor has new priorities?

And do you think the cops might be busy raiding (or “training” for raiding) Occupy SF down in the Embarcadero?

Mmmmm…

Anyway, Halloween in the Castro 2011 will be a sedate affair, with delightfully-costumed people milling about.

Thusly.

It will be old-school, with plenty of elbow room, the way it was before the era when cops would shut down streets. Like these scenes from the smallish Halloween in the Castro 2010.

See you there!

Will the Queen of Hearts and the Queen of Diamonds return to the Castro this year?

The stage at 16th, Market, and Noe. A kid from one of San Francisco’s housing projects got mad and shot nine people a little later on this particular evening. Nobody died though:

The Raiders and Niners fan what show up are generally better behaved than the actual fans at the stadiums:

An ocean of people at 17th, Market and Castro, a few years back:

I don’t know if Halloween in the Castro will ever get this big again, but who knows…