Select S.V.A. Officials at the Washington Square Arch
[Photo by Patti Rene Stone]
New York, New York, Sunday, June 30, 1996 -- "Stonewall 27"
is the "27th Annual Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual and Transgender ("G.L.B.T.") Pride Parade" in Manhattan.
Traditionally leading the parade is the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association
("S.V.A.") with the famous 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car". The day started out
with drizzling, a rarity for the blessed New York City
Gay Pride Parade,
however, thirteen minutes after the huge parade kicked-off on
Avenue at noon, the rain almost miraculously stopped! The white
canvas convertible top on the blue 1969 "Stonewall Car" came
The crowds cheered! Gay guys in blue parading with the S.V.A.
wiped down the wet blue car with dry blue towels. The crowds
ahead of the car (its front left fender partially visible in the lower
right corner of the photo above) are (l-2-r): S.V.A. Spokesperson Queen
Allyson Allante, the big S.V.A. President Jeremiah Jay Newton, the little S.V.A. Secretary
Rusty B. Rose and the tough S.V.A. Ambassador Stormé DeLarverie. Not
shown above but walking behind the car, framing the S.V.A.
contingency, were SVA-ers Leigh McManus, Wayne Herndon, Rose
Giordano, Dave West, Shelli Vannelli, Ramon Bellido, Jack Rojas and many
Riding in the open convertible car (see other pix)
(up from Florida) and the S.V.A. Treasurer Terri Van Dyke (down from The
Bronx) and some special supportive performance guests from
the Imperial QUEENS & Kings of Greater New York
("IQKNY"). All of the arrangements and accomodations for the
entire S.V.A. in the parade and the downtown dinner afterwards were
incredibly and selflessly peformed by the SVA's founder Willson L. Henderson! Many Stonewall
veterans did not attend this
year -- 1996 -- due to the widespread predictions of rain and
rain when they woke up Remember, even the 1969 Stonewall
Rebellion was postponed two nights because of rain!
The huge "We Remember"
banner at Washington Square Park refers
to all of those lost to the A.I.D.S. War, which includes endless
of the now historic 5-night 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. They
include, but are not limited to: Steven Konigsberg, Eddie H.
Aubrey Drummond, Arthur Fubler, Leroi Carr, Richard Strahan, Vaughn
Fubler, Stanley Dunne and the greatly talented Ross
Holloway! The New York City
Police Department (NYCPD) horse (pictured on the right in the
with the armed, helmeted and mounted policeman conjured up ambivalent
memories for the Stonewall Veterans: "We Remember The Stonewall
Ironically, many 'men-in-blue' of the NYCPD had their own cameras
and were quickly taking their own pictures of the very
familiar blue 1969