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North Beach Festival

2008_04_wspark.jpgThere will be drinking but no food at this year's North Beach Festival, as the city has come to a (curious) compromise with the always-protesty North Beach citizens regarding the use of Washington Square Park at this year's celebration: "North Beach Festival revelers will be able to drink in Washington Square this summer, but vendors will be ousted from the park in order to keep their booths from killing the grass. Park neighbors have rallied against letting the festival — expected to draw 100,000 patrons this year — use the park, claiming patrons and booths trample Washington Square's greenery. San Francisco Recreation and Park commissioners voted 7-2 Thursday in favor of the plan to move booths onto North Beach streets and make the park a 'beer garden.'" [SFE]

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