By Javaria Khan- California Chapter
The 44th annual Castro Street Fair took place last Sunday, October 1, in what most people consider to be the most welcoming and lively neighborhood in all of San Francisco: the Castro District.
Founded in 1974 by Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in the U.S and an icon of San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ movement, the fair is a reminder of battles that have been fought to keep the Castro diverse and thriving. Proceeds go towards funding local organizations and maintaining the giant rainbow flag that flies high above the neighborhood.
This year, there were dozens of resident vendors, artists, businesses, and musicians present with a wide variety of informational booths, food stalls, entertainment, and much more. Among the participating organizations were The Family Link, Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support Group, and the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. Thousands of people showed up to celebrate and enjoy a tradition that will hopefully remain strong for years to come.