Stonewall All Over Again

On June 22, 1968, New York police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. It was the last straw for the gays, lesbian, and drag queens who had been put-upon for decades. This time, they fought back violently and won the first major victory for gay rights.

Unless you count merry public drunkenness, there won’t be any civil unrest at this year’s Stonewall Street Festival and Parade in Wilton Manors, which marks the 42nd anniversary of the riots. The parade, absent tear gas and police batons, starts in the morning and wends up Wilton Drive for an hour. At noon, it gives way to an all-out street festival headlined by Tony Award-winning singer Jennifer Holliday and Kevin Avarice, a chart-topping artist from the New York clubland. Two dance arenas will be lorded over by DJs, and there will be on-street bars, beverage trucks, a place for families, and a food court. Organizers expect 30,000 people to show up. Liberation is sweet, ain’t it?

The Stonewall Street Festival and Parade on Wilton Drive starts at 11 a.m. and runs till 9 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free. Call 954-338-2443, or visit pfgl.net.
Sun., June 20, 11 a.m., 2010

 
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