San Francisco is still a terrifically irreverent city, despite the near-deafening chorus of those who would have you believe otherwise, and -- if you know where to look -- there are still pockets of weirdo magic tucked all over the map.
The Financial District is not usually one of those places. Here is a little story about the FiDi: When I worked in the FiDi, I would hurry home from the office each evening like I was escaping the jaws of death.
There is one day per year, however, when the continuous gray of the office buildings is interrupted by a bang of color and noise, in what I'm going to argue here is the most San Franciscan holiday of them all. Forget Bay to Breakers. All hail St. Stupid's Day.
The annual St. Stupid's Day Parade, held each year on April 1st, is a march through the most typically serious, businesslike part of our fair city -- and it's a celebration whose entire objective is to take the wind out of all things serious and businesslike.