The word for the day at the Folsom Street Fair was “shade”. Not the kind you throw, but as in get out of the direct sun. It was a scorcher out there. Even with the temps hovering in the upper 80’s to low 90’s, kinksters of all types came to celebrate and hang out with friends.
Organizers said more than 300,000 leather aficionados made it to the 33rd annual leather-loving, BDSM-loud-and-proud fair. Most stripped off their street clothes as soon as they passed through the entrance gates. Folsom is the place where everyone’s free to be who they want to be. Its a celebration of all things sexual. The fair annually draws visitors from around the world, and is the third-largest street event in California, after the Tournament of Roses Parade and the San Francisco Pride parade. Each year, net proceeds from Folsom Street Fair, including gate donations and beverage sales, are given to qualified local charities (“beneficiaries”). These include charities working in public health, human services, and the arts, as well as beverage partners. The event regularly generates over $300,000 annually for charity.
Here is a link to this year’s batch of photos from Folsom. If you were there, take a look and if you missed it, take a look to see some of the sexiness and craziness that is the Folsom Street Fair. If you want to keep up with what’s happening in the leather community here a couple of great resources, The Leather Journal and if you are on Facebook, join Race’s Bar.
The “estate” sold just a few weeks before Lazy Bear Weekend, so the organizers moved the Sunday Furry Sunday party to Johnson’s Beach this year. It was the second time that Johnson’s Beach had hosted a Lazy Bear event, but the Sunday party was the biggest event they had hosted. It went smoothly for the most part, but the beer ticket lines got to be really long later in the day and the umbrellas sold out, so finding shade was a challenge.
Ultra Naté was the headline performer and was very personable and posed with anyone wanting a selfie or who wanted to get a kiss from her. The singer, songwriter, record producer, DJ and promoter achieved success on the pop charts with songs such as “Free”, “If You Could Read My Mind” (as part of Stars on 54), and “Automatic”, all of which she performed for the enthusiastic crowd.
The photos from the day are available here. Until next year guys!
Whatever their age, race, sexual orientation, etc, everyone loves Flagging in the Park. Whether participating, just watching or in my case photographing, it’s one of the best events in San Francisco. It is always a pleasure and I hope that my photos convey some of the joy that can be felt at this event. Here are the photos>
There has been a lot of discussion about the lack of leather at the Folsom Street Fair, but as I look through my photos there are still plenty of men wearing leather. Of course the street fair is about celebrating fetishes and kinks, no matter what they may be. It seems that the definition of what is kinky or a fetish has grown to include many more including sports gear, rubber and neoprene, furry costumes, cosplay and so on. There were a number of drag queens walking the fair and they seemed to garner the most attention at times. There were several that were amazing! Kink.com drew large crowds to their performances of BDSM as did Mr S Leather. The wrestlers were another favorite, as hot, sweaty guys grappled with each other and invited audience participation. Wrestling singlets have become very popular as fetish wear, so it was often hard to tell who was into wrestling and who just liked the look.
The stage by the SF Eagle was dotted with flaggers or flow artists and was spectacular. The movement and color was a great addition to the music and was fun to watch. Below are a couple of photos by Some Men Photography that show some of the diversity of the fair. To see more photos, here is a link to Some Men Photography gallery.
Under sunny skies, San Francisco’s flow art community gathered for Flagging in the Park in The National Aids Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. It was a great day to be outdoors with some seriously talented folks and their beautiful flags. In addition, the guys who make really big soap bubbles were doing their magic and creating a wonderland for the kids of all ages. Enjoy the color and motion. For a slide show follow this link. To see a video of the action, click here.
How to describe the Folsom Street Fair except as a sort of one day Burning Man for the BDSM crowd. It’s a chance for all types of people to come together for a day and share their kinks with no judgement (well not much). It’s not perfect because of all the tourists who just come to gawk, but the majority of attendees are wearing their colors, costumed in some interesting/weird way or showing lots of skin, tattoos and piercings.
The longer you live in San Francisco, the more you begin to accept alternative realities. There’s a reason “Westward, ho!” was a battle cry for pioneers, and not just for people leading their hooded partners around by a leash down Folsom St. People come here from more repressive parts of the nation and globe to reinvent themselves, and to be free. As a result, the fair is an adult-only event celebrating alternative sexuality. This was the 29th annual fair and it continues to attract a huge crowd. For a slide show, click on photo above.
Flagging with leather flags
After a long, sunny afternoon South of Market for the Dore Alley Fair, I was burnt to a crisp. Yes, I forgot my sunscreen (again)! Despite the burn, it was a wonderful day, filled with men’s physiques and lots of sexual energy. This local and smaller version of the Folsom Street Fair is a great way to let off some steam in a safe, public and healthy way.
It was great to see so many men wearing their leather, the BDSM demonstrations,the porn stars and more. Oh and did I mention Naked Twister! It was truly naked this year, with porn stars and guys from the crowd participating and taking it all off! To see more photos, click on the photo above. To see a video of the hot leatherman flagging click here.
Xavier Caylor teaches Flagging at Gold’s Gym and with several friends and fans, put on this event to bring fellow flaggers together and to raise some money for the maintenance of the Aids Grove in Golden Gate Park. Xavier speaks of his flagging experiences as meditations and talks about how “you can be in a room with 1,000 or 2,000 people, yet spend time with just yourself.” Speaking to the dichotomy of the flagging experience, Xavier references how these “opposite experiences” are part of weaving the rich tapestry of this art form.
Whatever the experience, everyone had a great time and there were a number of “newbies” trying flagging for the first time with some patient help from the experts. All the many flags made for a beautiful kaleidoscope of changing patterns and colors and brightened a foggy day with the love and enthusiasm of the participants. More photos.