Castro area (San Francisco, USA) – description, history, location, reviews, photos and video.
- District of Castro
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The Castro district is a section of the street of the same name from 19th Avenue to Market Street, famous all over the world as the center of the LGBT movement. Supporters of same-sex love gradually filled this area in the 70s of the last century, before them mostly Irish workers lived here, since the rent was low due to dilapidated Victorian buildings. However, the new inhabitants of the quarter have invested considerable funds in its renovation, and today there are well-kept houses and streets where complete freedom of relations reigns.
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Skyscrapers are nowhere to be seen, but there are many interesting sights around, design studios, art galleries, beauty salons, designer clothing and footwear stores, bars and nightclubs. Rainbow flags fly on the streets, even the “zebra” at the crossings is colored. Social life is in full swing on Castro Street, there are constant rallies in support or against anything, performances and festive processions.
The main event of the year is the gay pride parade on the last Sunday of June. An escort of naked muscle bikers escorts topless girls on motorcycles, music plays, police greet demonstrators with rainbow flags.
Exotic lovers head to Twin Peaks Tavern, the country’s first glass-walled bar, or Asia SF with drag queens. The 100-year-old Castro Cinema, built in the Art Deco style, shows films and organizes concerts of rock bands of the same theme. The Museum of LGBT History is located nearby.
The tiny Pink Triangle Memorial Park is dedicated to the memory of thousands of homosexuals killed in Nazi concentration camps. They wore pink triangles on their clothes, in this color and the obliquely cut tops of low triangular posts, standing along the only alley, are painted.
Address: San Francisco, Castro and Market Sts.
How to get there: by tram No. F, buses No. 37, K-Owl, L-Owl, M-Owl to the stop. Market St & Noe St.
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