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Pride Parade


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This week, Janet P of Massachussetts, USA, provides us with the gorgeous colors of a Pride Parade in New York in the mid-seventies. This film takes us right inside the action of the parade and the growing movement of gay pride on the East Coast and beyond. Some truly wonderful and historic footage. A little more from Janet:

As a teenager, I bought my own Kodak Super-8 camera, and between 1967 and 1975, I shot dozens of rolls of film. Most of the 60’s films feature the daily lives of my childhood friends, and are located primarily around the Boston, Cambridge, the South Shore, Cape Cod, and New Hampshire. The 70’s films include scenes from my misspent college years, including Worcester Massachusetts’ first-ever gay pride march. This one, however, is a pride march in New York City. I peg the year at 1974, although I am not 100% sure. Look for Kate Millett and Boston’s “Lavender Rhino” float, as well as early (founding?) members of what would become PFLAG. Note that in those days, we marched from downtown up to Central Park, instead of vice versa.

Download high-res versions of this film and more from the Internet Archive, available through our File Directory. Music: “Prowlin” by the Whitefield Brothers

Comments

Comment from Robert Croma
Time: October 28, 2007, -5

Absolute gem!! Wish I could have been there. Truly classic piece of historic documentation. The joy, the liberation, the hope and of course the innocence – all pre the onslaught of AIDS.

Like old photos of other eras, there’s always something magical about old footage like this that makes me desperately want to climb into the image and have a good look around. Thank you.

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