It’s Here!! – Back2Stonewall’s Halloween Countdown: ” I Put A Spell On You” from the 1993 Movie “Hocus Pocus”

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. 1. How appropriate for Sarah Jessica Parker to be a descendant of a Salem witch!
    2. I remember the original Halloween parade in Greenwich Village in the 70s which was started by the artists’ cooperative of WestBeth including Mercedes Cunningham and many others led by the students of PS 10 (?), and the Red School which started at West Street and wound up through Charles Street before reaching Seventh Avenue and then on to West 10th to Sixth Avenue & the Jefferson Library.
    Only in the mid-80s did a separate drag parade on Christopher Street join with the WestBeth parade to create a massive street parade which was eventually co-opted by NYC authorities in the late 80s/early 90s andrerouted to start at Houston Street and up Sixth Avenue to 14th Street. By then it had become a heavily policed mass tourist event that was more drunken mayhem than gay Halloweenie celebration, imho.
    But at the same time, once again Christopher Street became the focus of its own separate queer drag parade. I stopped participating or even attending the Sixth Avenue venue in the mid-90s due to the chaos inherent.
    But I still remember the brilliance of Sun Ra and His Arkestra and the magnificent floating puppets of Bread & Puppet Theatre arriving from Vermont in the 80s to create a truly queer Halloween experience!

    Sort of like the Disneyfication of Times Square; so much of the original purpose is gone!

    Thanks again, Will, for sparkling my memory! ****

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