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Some events can only take place in San Francisco. They're just too bizarre, awkward, nude and colorful to occur anywhere else. This is certainly true of San Francisco LoveFest, which went down Saturday at the Civic Center. The mild irritation due to the rerouting of all downtown buses quickly subsided in the face of fascination at the ridiculousness of the event.
For those who haven't been, it's an enormous rave. Parade floats stacked with DJ gear and dancers park on the streets surrounding the lawn and mix some techno for everyone to dance to. The very well attended event draws an astounding variety of people in the finest rave gear. There are 12-year-olds in American Apparel onesies, 20-somethings in bunny suits and naked old men. It surely brings out of the best of the best. With beers galore and plenty of drugs circulating, people certainly get their freak on.
For many people, this is the best and most liberating San Francisco event of the year. However, if you're easily uncomfortable, techno is not your thing or you would rather not be humped by a man on E wearing goggles and a bodysuit, it's a good thing you missed it. --Melissa Baron