Although one day may not seem like much elsewhere, it's enough time to make a scene and make a difference in San Francisco. Street fairs and parades erupt year-round, offering ample opportunity to come out, show off and get spanked for charity. Anything goes here, with the possible exception of plastic bags: green is an active verb in San Francisco, and composting is mandated by city law. While San Franciscans are free thinkers, they aren't slackers - lately they've been making history with gay rights, technology, and locavore cuisine. Whether it's high time for a party or the next big idea, chances are it's already in progress in this city.

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