MEAN STREETS

Folsom Street East Festival Canceled

5851653296_38e40726c3_zHere’s hoping those airline tickets are refundable. There’s some sad news for fetish fans: New York’s annual Folsom Street East Festival planned for this June has been canceled due to construction.

Inspired by San Francisco’s famed Folsom Street Fair, the New York offshoot often attracted thousands of visitors and raised countless dollars for LGBT-related charities.

A note posted on the festivals’s site reads:

It is with sadness that the Producers and Board of Directors of Folsom Street East have to announce that the 17th annual Folsom Street East Street Festival this June is going to be cancelled. Though we continue to receive support for this community-building and fundraising event from Community Board 4 and our neighbors on the block (including our producing partner The Eagle NYC), the ever-growing construction on the north side of 28th street has made it impossible for us to successfully and safely hold our annual street festival. Thank you for the years of support from our attendees, sponsors, partners, exhibitors, vendors, performers and volunteers; we are sad that we will not be able to celebrate Pride with you at our fetish-friendly event this year.

Don’t put away your gear just yet. Organizers hope to return the kink to the streets of New York next summer, but until then look at these scorching hot photos from last summer’s fest.

Photo: Flicker