Friday, May 15, 2009

Bay to Breakers 2009!!!! - May 15, 2009

Oh yes, the time has come again. A magical moment of the year where 80,000 people flock to walk the streets of San Francisco from the bay to the breakers (the ocean people!). See the map below for the route.
Because we're San Franciscans, we of course can't do anything conservatively. Almost every single participant is dressed up, semi-clothed, or naked. Wild doesn't even begin to describe how insane it is. My favorite description of the event is as a "party warzone." I took this photo below at last year's B2B, and it happens to be one of my most viewed photos on Flickr.
This year's B2B almost didn't happen because one of the neighborhoods complained about the amount of urine deposited on their homes, sidewalks, and streets. Also, the amount of garbage that's generated by a sweeping mass of individuals is incredible, and probably the true reason why officials thought about banning floats and alcohol. Good thing that the Citizens For the Preservation of Bay to Breakers did what they could to make sure the event remained the way it should be.

Besides saving the race, they did do another very interesting thing. CFPB2B are trying to encourage B2B participants to take pictures, send tweets, shoot video, sent texts, and follow live news feeds via Twitter about any wrong doings happening in the race. Particularly, they want people to take pictures of incredibly crowded porta-potty lines, police harassing people, and generally unjust things. I'm assuming they'll use this material as a defense tool if the fun part of the race tries to get shut down again. See everyone out there...and make sure to bring some water!

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