Gay Nineties Parade and Attendees


Gay Nineties Parade and Attendees


A short video of a parade and attendees 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.

The footage was shot from Pacific Avenue near the corner of College Way. People appearing in this video before the parade begins include Don Conrad (wearing a straw flat hat) and other Conrad Family members. Parade participants include: marching bands; a covered wagon; classic cars; floats from St. Anthony's School and Central School; unicyclists; and people in various historic costumes. Locations appearing in the background include the Standard Oil Gas Station, a service station on the corner of College and Pacific, the Grove Theatre, Gimre's Shoes and Floyd's Music. The Tip Top Cafe's blinking neon sign is partially visible near the 1:24 mark: the "O" and "I" in Tip/Top blink on and off.

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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