It wasn't raining when I left San Jose, and only sprinkling lightly as I drove up the 101. I was hoping the rain would end and I'd see a rainbow or a bright blue sky reflected on wet pavement. Didn't get all that, but I did get some good photos.
I parked at the North Beach Garage and walked along the length of Union Street, up and down Russian Hill till I got to Gough Street where the street was closed off to traffic for the festival.
|Oh, to own a San Francisco townhouse. Some of the sidewalks, like this one at Jones and Union are so steep, a staircase has been embedded into the concrete. |
|Across the street, everything is downhill from this point! I love these old houses. Notice the curved window? My guidebook tells me that they stopped making them that way around the time of the 1906 earthquake: this house survived the earthquake. |
|The rain scared everyone away. I wonder if that was the parade going down the middle of the street. |
|Many people had gone to a lot of trouble to make this a special day for children. While others refused to accept that their day had been spoiled. |
|A little rain didn't dampen the sprits of these cheerleaders from Cheer San Francisco. Actually, they were the highlight of my day. |
|No way you'd get me up there. Several from this team did tumbling routines that ended with front flips... on the wet pavement. Cheer San Francisco donates their time to raise money for local charities. Of course, I gave them a donation. |
|There wasn't much business for the vendors: most were packing up by the time I got there. |
|I like the contrast of the colorful pinwheels against the brick and concrete background. |
|All this rain left some folks all dressed up with nowhere to go.|
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