Classic cars represent a bygone era

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October 03, 2005|By PHOTOS BY DOUG KAPUSTIN | PHOTOS BY DOUG KAPUSTIN,SUN PHOTOGRAPHER

A throwback to the 1940s and '50s, the Cadillac Parade and Royal Theater Music Festival was revived for the ninth year Saturday.

The original Cadillac Parade was a major event in the city's black community, in which Baltimoreans would ride along or watch as Cadillacs cruised down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Before the 1960s, The Avenue was a center of commerce and night life, home to the Royal Theater, the Lucky Number Club and the exclusive Sphinx Club. Jazz greats including Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane performed here.

When desegregation enabled African-Americans to move out of the inner city, The Avenue began to slide. The parade is part of a revival of the area. This year's festival featured spoken-word performances, jazz and R&B acts, and marching bands.

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