Nearly three decades after their Stonewall Inn ancestors poured into the streets to battle baton-wielding policemen, queers in Minneapolis and St. Paul lined up along Minneapolis's Hennepin Avenue on June 28 to witness a riot of color and a celebration of gay liberation during the annual GLBT Pride/Twin Cities festival.
The weather gods -- notoriously fickle in Minnesota -- looked on fondly as a steady stream of PFLAGers, leathermen, religious groups, Dykes on Bikes, student groups, employee organizations, musicans, drag queens, and politicians passed by. Bystanders clamored for the beads, candy, tchotchkes, and condoms passed out by marchers, then reveled in the washes of disco, swing, and brass-band music that rolled over the crowd with each new float and phalanx. The oppressive swelter of closeted queer life in 1969 seemed nearly forgotten. Even police officers had joined the parade.
a. Miss Richfield leading her precision go-cart team