Yay for street fursuiting! San Francisco’s 2015 How Weird Street Faire furmeet.
by Patch O'Furr
To me, street fursuiting is the best, most spontaneous form of “The Most Furry Activity”. Street fairs are the best place to do it. So, the start of street fair season is a special occasion.
In San Francisco, for at least the past several years, How Weird Street Faire has been first on the list. After this, the season reaches a high point with the million-attended Pride celebration. It stays strong through October with events like the Superhero Street Fair. It’s especially strong here because the crowds are very friendly to freaky spectacles and costuming – and the area may have the world’s highest population of furries. Fun like this makes a good reason to say that the San Francisco Bay Area is Furry Mecca.
To any fursuiters who have never done it on the street, and feel like traveling – consider making a trip coincide with one of our meets. You’ll get an amazing subcultural experience you can never have as a regular tourist. That’s the beauty of subculture – friends wherever you go! You can do this wherever you are, though. Get inspired by my interview with Sakura Fox: Renegade fursuiting is BEST fursuiting.
The 2013 How Weird furmeet gave us wonderful photos. For the 2014 meet, ABC News gave a shout to furries picked out from thousands of costumers. There was continuing recognition at the 2015 How Weird Street Faire, their 16th annual event.
At the entrance on Mission and Second alone, we easily saw a few thousand people before 2 p.m.,” said Rachel Red, who’s been a volunteer for four years. “I guess that means we still have a strong freak factor in the city.
This year, the festival offered 10 performance stages and an expanded Art Alley… Aerialists from Sky High Odditorium swung with precision at the intersection of Second and Howard as groups of festivalgoers in furry mascot costumes looked on, seemingly unfazed by the effect of seasonably warm weather on their body temperature inside fuzzy suits.
“No matter the heat, there’s always a big furry contingent. It’s like having cartoon characters here,” Red joked.
Pittsburgh knows Anthrocon brings in millions. San Francisco knows a good thing too:
Here’s a few photos posted to our meet page.