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On any warm sunny afternoon of the week back in the 70's, the sidewalks of Castro Street always had a near capacity crowd. It sometimes appeared that nobody in the Castro held a 9 to 5 job! There were so many reasons to be on Castro in the afternoon; having lunch, doing laundry, banking, shopping for hardware or clothes or dinner, catching a bus, having a cocktail with friends, or just plain cruising!

The people who lived in the 2nd and 3rd floor apartments above the stores on Castro had a ringside seat for watching the constant parade below. They also had a stage, if desired, to perform for the captive audience. Sometimes the amateur performers would drag their stereo speakers to the windows to entertain the crowd below. Sometimes a crowd would gather in the street and encourage the overhead watchers to put on a performance. Sometimes the crowd would start dancing in the street. This would attract more of a crowd , completely blocking traffic and a spontaneous block party would begin.

There was nothing in particular happening on this sunny afternoon. If it had been a street fair or other festive event, the private seating areas would have looked much more like in the next picture.


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