Only In SF: Folsom Street Fair, Open-Air Sex Fest, Deemed Too Mainstream

Two weekends ago, throngs descended on Folsom Street for the world's biggest and most famous leather festival. No, not a trunk show of fine riding boots or Italian aviator jackets. As any true San Franciscan knows, “leather” refers to bondage, S&M, fetish gear and the people who get off on it.

Yes, corn on the cob was on sale and District 6 supervisor candidate Jim Meko set up a campaign booth. Yet, as if you needed a reminder, Folsom Street Fair is very far from your ordinary civic affair.

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