|Picture of Me and Joe Glorioso - 1969|
|A Montage of Posters Used to Promote The Brady Street Festivals - 1968 to 1978|
The Brady Street Festival of the 1970's endured for many years and finally in 1978, we saw the last festival of that era. Over those eight years, each festival became bigger and bigger. The impact on the neighborhood was taking it's toll. Residents were very unhappy with being held almost captive by the size and scale of this event. Merchants like myself were thrilled with the monetary benefits but in 1978 the festival ended. The alderwoman in 1978 was Sandra Lyon-Hoeh and she was comfortable with the festival, even though her office was taking the heat from the neighbors who were adversely affected by the festival. She told me that as long as I remained on Brady Street, she would consider allowing us to hold the festival. The winds of change were in the air. My once thriving leather business was slowing down, the street was adrift and competition from other retail areas was pressuring us all.
It was time for a change.
Here's a picture taken by George Lottermoser of the last Brady Street Festival in 1978.
The view is looking west and the camera was used on the top of the apartment
on the corner of Brady and Prospect.