A summer of music, Cadillacs and Black Sox

Social Scene

October 07, 2007|By Karlayne Parker | Karlayne Parker,UniSun Editor

The hot summer months are gone now. But that doesn't mean our memories of summer fun have faded. We've captured some of the summer's hottest events to help you remember what it was like to enjoy outdoor fun while wearing shorts, T-shirts, sandals and cool shades.

For a group of people in their 40s and 50s, some of these events brought back memories of their youth, including a concert by George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at the Stone Soul Picnic.

The funkmaster and the band were among the featured acts at the annual picnic at Druid Hill Park.

Thousands grooved to the beat during the August event as Clinton and the boys sang some of their greatest hits.

There were those who also remembered the days of old when Billie Holiday and other jazz greats dressed up and rode down Pennsylvania Avenue in the black man's chariot -- the Cadillac.

The Cadillac Parade, held annually from 1946 to 1972, was revived in 1996 by the Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative. It draws more than 30,000 each year.

It's a community event that showcases vintage Cadillacs and also includes area marching bands and other performers.

Last month, while the Baltimore Orioles continued to slump, the team took time to remember some players who came before them in the Negro leagues -- the Baltimore Black Sox.

The Orioles and the opposing Boston Red Sox wore Black Sox jerseys to also commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Black Sox's championship season of 1932.

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