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San Antonio Pride (1998)

Happy Foundation

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  •  “Alamo Pride!” 
  •  Cheer Dallas perform a routine in front of the Alamo 
  •  “Cheer for the cure” 
  •  Pride picnic 
  •  Television interview with Miss Charanga 
  •  Talking with a representative of the Texas Gay Rodeo Association 
  •  Local businesswoman Kay Ford (left) speaks with a sheriff’s deputy 
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This home video captures the scene at the 1998 San Antonio Pride Picnic. Attendees first enjoy a parade through downtown, including a routine by Cheer Dallas in front of the Alamo. Following the parade, the festival continues with a picnic at Crockett Park. San Antonio saw its first Pride festival in June 1982 with an event organized by the San Antonio Lesbian and Gay Alliance. Pride San Antonio, the nonprofit organization that currently facilitates the festival, was established in 2004.
The Happy Foundation is a non-profit archive dedicated to the preservation of San Antonio’s LGBTQ history. Founder and curator Gene Elder began collecting materials in 1988, ultimately moving the collection to a back room of the downtown gay nightclub Bonham Exchange. The organization is named after Arthur “Happy” Veltman, a San Antonio entrepreneur who died of AIDS in 1988. In addition to owning multiple gay bars, including Bonham Exchange, Veltman was also involved in the development of the San Antonio River Walk and Blue Star Arts Complex.