Dear San Francisco: I love you but I need more warning

Today I was bicycling back from the Golden Gate Bridge and got trapped in a surprise Columbus Day parade in North Beach. This happens to me a lot – I am out minding my own business somewhere in SF and suddenly I am surrounded by thousands of strangely dressed, probably drunk people who are in between me and my home. I have been surprised by Bay to Breakers, Pride, Folsom Street Fair, SantaCon, a zombie flash crowd, the Blue Angels, and now a Columbus Day parade. Did you know there was a Columbus Day parade in San Francisco? Neither did most of the people watching it.

Is there an RSS feed somewhere out there for “things happening in San Francisco involving several thousand people that might screw up your day OR even be fun to attend?” ‘Cause I would subscribe to it.

8 thoughts on “Dear San Francisco: I love you but I need more warning”

  1. I’ve been caught by the bicycle race…

    so I know exactly how you feel. However, the Columbus Day parade and, more importantly, protest is quite famous. Or was before certain wars flared up and pushed it from the headlines.

  2. Did you know there was a Columbus Day parade in San Francisco?

    No, but then again, I didn’t even know there was a Columbus Day. I suspect these two things might be related.

  3. well, Pride I can understand (I mean, gay people in San Francisco? really), but Colombus day? You had 517 years of warning!

  4. The Columbus Day/Italian Heritage Parade has been happening in San Francisco for 140+ years! Pay attention!

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