Castro cured of Halloween hangover

Residents and workers waking up this morning in the Castro are finding themselves smack in the middle of a normal morning — an unusual occurrenceafter Halloween night.

“It’s very routine all the way around,” said Pat McCurdy, who works the night shift at a gas station on the corner of 17th and Market streets.

Streets are clean, and traffic through the area is moving at its typical pace, McCurdy added. The streets this morning are particularly deserted because parking was prohibited in the Castro last night, said Ilana Rossein, who works at a coffee shop on Castro Street.

After a violent and crowded Halloween party last year that left nine revelers in the hospital with gunshot wounds, city officials scaled down the party, ultimately canceling the impromptu event that has grown into San Francisco tradition.

San Francisco police said seven people were arrested Halloween night in the Castro. Police arrested six on suspicion of public drunkeness, and one person had an outstanding warrant.

“The efforts in terms of the outreach put on by The City were successful,” said Sgt. Neville Gittens. “There was no real reason to come to the Castro so people stayed away.”

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