New York City celebrates its 50th anniversary with dance poses
NEW YORK — As the sun rose over Manhattan on a spring day in 1969, dancing fans were in full swing as the city celebrated its 50 years in celebration.
New York’s celebrations of 50 years of dance were marked with a parade that wound along Fifth Avenue and included performances by the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Dylan and the Beatles.
It was a time when New York was a hub of social interaction and life, with music and art as well as dancing taking center stage.
But that changed in the ’70s, when the city became more segregated and the nation’s capital, with its own ethnic and racial groups, began to experience an influx of refugees from Vietnam.
The march to Broadway began at 6:45 a.m. on Broadway, where it was stopped at Seventh Avenue and Broadway, according to the city’s official website.
The parade ended at the Broadway Bridge, which runs through Manhattan.
The parade drew crowds of more than 100,000 people and thousands of spectators, including a performance by The Allmans.
The marching band, which included several African American members, played “Sugar Man” as a tribute to the Vietnam War veterans.
“The people of New York have been through a lot,” the band said.
“And they’ve come through with their best.”