Thursday, October 22, 2009

Vintage Halloween Drag

The CBC Digital Archives just posted these great vignettes from the early 1970s, a time when it was considered legitimate entertainment to go down to Yonge St. and heckle the drag queens. Hundreds of people would gather outside bars like the St. Charles and the Manatee as the drag queens paraded past, and while a lot of the spectators were malicious there's at least one progressive person featured here.

You can learn more about the bars shown here at the CLGA, as well as on Jane Farrow and Gerald Hannon's annual "Yonge Street is Flaming" walk in May.

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