SFPD Cracks Down on Yet Another Street Party

Up Your Alley street fair told to cut back on public sex

By Jackson West
|  Friday, May 1, 2009  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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SFPD Cracks Down on Yet Another Street Party

Kevin Goebel

Finding a photo of the fair without any nudity was not easy.

An annual street fair alternately known as the Dore Alley or Up Your Alley festival was told to cut back on the lewd behavior or the SFPD wouldn't support future permits.

The annual party, which is a smaller and some say sluttier cousin of the Folsom Street Fair, attracts thousands and public nudity and more is pretty typical.

Complaints from individuals that the SFPD wasn't doing enough to stem sex acts sparked the rebuke. The police also cited evidence in the form of pictures on a local photographer's Web site.

Police and event organizers haven't been to keen on local events with an anything-goes, let-it-all-hang-out attitude. Bay to Breakers sponsors also reminded participants (with a wink and a nod) that nudity wasn't allowed.

In San Francisco, nudity is perfectly legal, as long as it's not considered "lewd."

Party organizers vow to remind revellers of this fine point of the law with signs and warnings on the Web site. Photo by Kevin Goebel.

Jackson West figures someone could do banner business charging by the minute for "privacy booths."

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