It was a most solemn and sacred day, and for some in San Francisco that meant one thing - time to don a bunny suit and race down Potrero Hill on a Big Wheel.
“It’s total chaos - everyone’s screaming and laughing, people are spinning out, going down backward,” said Alon Zaslavsky, a movie animator from San Francisco, just after he tried the course for the first time Sunday afternoon. “It’s great. The whole point is to crash.”
The 11th annual Bring Your Own Big Wheel derby attracted more than 2,000 celebrants to one of the steepest, curviest streets in San Francisco: Vermont between 20th and 22nd.
Anyone with a plastic, three-wheeled kids’ vehicle was welcome to participate. The event was free, but racers had to sign a waiver before careening down the hill - a 14.3 percent grade, according to one tourist guide - with no brakes, helmets or elbow pads.
The waiver’s nod toward potential litigation did not dampen the party. The street was a jubilant mix of beer, music, dogs, tamales, kids, friends and, of course, costumes.
There were prom queens, Evel Knievels, Easy Riders, Dorothys, Carmen Mirandas and church ladies.