This was the third year of San Francisco’s Lovefest, a technoparade and festival that starts at 2nd and Market Streets and continues all the way to Civic Center Plaza for a giant outdoor dance club with famous DJs. Around 120,000 people packed the streets for the festivities.
Modeled after Germany’s annual Love Parade, the San Francisco Lovefest has grown year after year and continues to build worldwide recognition. Loveparade originated in Berlin in 1989 after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but in 2003, the city denied the parade a permit and the event moved to San Francisco. In 2004, when German organizers were able to secure permits back in Berlin, North American organizers decided to continue their own event and dubbed it the LoveFest.
I was in an overly-contrasty black and white mood when I did these photos: