Maybe it’s really crotchety (and ironic) of me to say, but I hate LoveFest. It severely impaired my ability to accomplish anything today. How many times a year does San Francisco have to completely shut down in order for people to walk down Market Street in costumes? This already happens during Halloween, Bay to Breakers and Gay Pride — all of which are way more inclusive and, in my opinion, worthy events than simply promoting one genre of music. I don’t want to have to listen to the overlapping, thundering beat of four simultaneous DJs just to get to City Hall, and I definitely don’t want to pay $5 for the privilege. What municipal leader decided it was a good idea to cordon off our city’s civic center and turn it into a rave with a door charge?
I’m okay with throwing a parade to celebrate a cultural holiday or a civil rights achievement, but to throw a parade just for people who like flourescent wigs and techno? That’s really pushing it. When you get right down to it, LoveFest is just a big advertisement for a small subset of DJs, clubs and related businesses. I don’t think it’s right to spend public money on police and cleaning crews for something so commercial, and I don’t think it’s right to interfere with everyone else’s normal activity just so one group of music fans can throw a party.