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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Everyone Urged To Keep Their Pants On During Moon Festival

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 6:30 AM

Everyone is having a fine -- and dress-appropriate -- time at the Sunset District Autumn Moon Festival
  • Everyone is having a fine -- and dress-appropriate -- time at the Sunset District Autumn Moon Festival
San Francisco is a town where people revel in the opportunity to drop trou and traipse about au naturel. Don't believe us? Why don't you look here, here, here, here, and here -- and that's just for starters.

Yet despite its promising name, the forthcoming Sunset District Autumn Moon Festival is a place to keep one's pants on. If you have "moon" in mind as a verb instead of a noun, you're probably thinking of something like this, an annual Southern California event in which large numbers of people brandish their bare asses at passing trains.

No, Saturday's all-day Moon Festival on Irving between 22nd and 25th Avenues is a family affair and a venerable Chinese tradition. It commemorates not crass nudity but a bloody military revolt -- the popular legend goes that rebel leader Chu Yuan-Chang spread a message secretly baked into moon cakes instructing his followers to revolt against the Mongolians on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. So it was done, and the Mongol overlords were vanquished.

State Sen. Leland Yee urged one and all to attend the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday event. Yee's chief of staff, Adam Keigwin, seemed at a loss as to whether any San Franciscans would mistake noun and verb of "moon" and disrobe during the festival.

"I don't see why they would," he noted. Because they're San Franciscans, sir! That's why!

Be cool, people. Otherwise the cops painting kids' faces or keeping an eye on the bouncy house will take you away. And no one will revolt on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month to bust you out of stir.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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