San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – For several years now, San Francisco has not seen a Halloween street celebration in the gay Castro district. The annual event has been shut down due to stabbing and other incidents that have marred the otherwise peaceful and fabulous showcase of LGBT tricks and treats. But San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener found a way to get around it.
On October 30, the eve of Halloween, Castro Street will be closed to make way for a made-up community celebration : the ribbon cutting of the Castro Street Improvement Project. Others are calling it a celebration of months and months of disruptive deconstruction and construction. The project involved the widening of the sidewalks, the narrowing of the street, the installation of typo-ridden memorial plaques and the much-ballyhooed painting of rainbow-colored crosswalks.
Inside sources however confirmed that the celebration is really meant to restore the Halloween street party in the Castro, albeit a day early. “Everyone knows the Castro queens will come in their Halloween costumes,” the sources said.
So it’s party time. Come celebrate the return of Halloween in the Castro. But hush. We’re calling it a ribbon-cutting. Booo!