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Celebrate Love This Weekend in the City

Annual LovEvolution dance party comes to San Francisco



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    Even before the City gets a chance to recover from the hoards of leather clad men and women that descend on it last weekend for the Folsom Street Fair, the steps of city hall will be turned into a dance club this Saturday.

    The San Francisco LovEvolution will embrace the City in one giant techno filled hug this weekend. But don't worry, you won't need to a shot for the love they are dishing out.

    The annual dance festival brings out tens of thousands of brightly dressed (though some choose to not dress at all) dance enthusiasts to Civic Center Park to revel in music, food, floats and just plain old love.

    "Everyone has come together to be themselves and forget about their problems," Cassie Mandeville, a  college student from Sacramento who wore two pink ponytails to last year's event, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

    The event is in its sixth year and bills itself as the biggest dance music party in the country and it was "born of the original Love Parade event in Berlin." It is sometimes now as the LoveFest and others call it a technoparade after its German influence.

    Last year more than 100,000 people turned out to cheer the parade down Market Street and to dance at Civic Center, according to event organizers. Once the 25 floats make it to Civic Center, they are turned into dance clubs on wheels and that is when the real party begins.

    The party is open to people of all ages but this year organizers say they have had to make some changes, including a $10 entrance fee to Civic Center.