“You’ve got to see Market

“You’ve got to see Market Street on Halloween! You’ve got to see Market Street on Halloween!”

Nick said everyone had told him this. While we walked around Union Square with Matt, looking for a place to eat, we didn’t understand why someone would say something like that. From what we could see near 4th and 5th, Market was its usual self.

After eating, I returned to work, grabbed my bike, and started home. By the time I hit 9th street on Market, traffic was at a standstill, music was loud and everywhere, and the sidewalks were choking with Wonder Womans, drag queens, ghosts, and disco studs. Riding in the narrow spaces between cars, street after street, I eventually made it to the reason for the incredible traffic backup: thousands of people, covered in makeup, sparkles, and fur, dancing in the street, which was completely closed to traffic. It was quite a sight, seeing people shoulder to shoulder across market street emanating an energy you could feel.

“You’ve got to see Market Street on Halloween! You’ve got to see Market Street on Halloween!”

Now I know what that person meant.