Gay Nineties Parade and Gimre's Shoes Video


Gay Nineties Parade and Gimre's Shoes Video


A short video of a parade held during the Gay Nineties Festival in downtown Forest Grove, Oregon sometime between 1962-1965. The Gay Nineties Festival was a community event that took place in Forest Grove from the late 1940s to the early 1990s. Celebrating the era of the 1890s, it was originally held in conjunction with the town's Barbershop Quartet Contest. During its heyday, the festival featured a parade, stage shows, and carnival, and attracted thousands of attendees.

Parade participants visible in this video include costumed performers portraying pioneers, cowboys and Native Americans. Marching bands, horse-drawn wagons, classic cars and other displays also appear. The parade footage was shot from Pacific Avenue near the corner of College Way. Towards the end of the video, there is footage of Don Conrad opening the door of Gimre Shoes, which stood on the south side of Pacific Avenue between Main and Council Streets. Locations appearing in the background include The Grove Theatre, Standard Oil Gas Station, Gimre's Shoes, a music shop, a coffee shop, and Pacific University's Carnegie Hall.

This video is one of three that was created by local area resident Irene Conrad between 1962-1965 on 8mm film. The family transferred the films to DVD format and then extracted clips in MP4 format. Copies of the MP4 format were given to Pacific University. The videos do not have sound, and no higher resolution version is available.


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