It’s been half a decade since the City of San Francisco decided to crack down on Halloween in the Castro and shut down this street festival that started in 1940.
The annual Pink Party on the eve of Pride Parade, is not going to happen in 2015 because the organizers of the event, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, have decided against holding it beginning this year. San Francisco City Hall is mulling sponsoring the event but it will be more like a political campaign rally for those who will be running for public office.
Next on the chopping block is the Castro Street Fair which is held annually on the first Sunday in October.
The biggest LGBT event, the Pride Parade will happen for the last time this year. It will also be cancelled beginning in 2016.
That leaves the Folsom Street Fair the only, sort-of-LGBT street festival which usually happens on the last Sunday in September.
Beginning next year, however, the Folsom Street Fair will be free of commercial sponsorships, like the Pink Party. There will only be one non-profit sponsor which will subsidize the popular event — the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, under the leadership of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
So expect nudity to be a thing of the past at the Folsom Street Fair. However, there will still be a lot of people being tied up, whipped, spanked, caned and humiliated. Cordileone said that these practices are consistent with biblical accounts of Jesus Christ during the march to Mount Calvary prior to His crucifixion.
If you have procrastinated about attending the Pride Parade, Castro Street Fair and Folsom Street Fair in its original form, this is the year to do it.