Village life in the Parkside: Into the 1970s, the Parkside District Improvement Club (PDIC) hosted outdoor May Day celebrations each year in McCoppin Square, with a neighborhood girl crowned May Queen. In 1972, 10-year-old Jennifer Wong Achuck made Parkside history as the first non-white Queen. Here are some of our May Day history highlights, from photos and clippings compiled in the PDIC scrapbooks (now held at the San Francisco Public Library):
Marilyn Crane, Parkside May Day Queen of 1944. CA Assemblymember Gerald Haggerty is the tall man at left. The PDIC and Parkside Post 505 of the American Legion produced the event with 200 neighborhood children participating.
Crowds at the 1949 May Day festivities at McCoppin Square softball field.
Myra Lee Campbell, Parkside May Day Queen of 1950. The event drew mayors, state legislators, drum corps, and hundreds of girls from city dancing schools.
May Day celebration in McCoppin Square Park, 1952. Groups of girls from dancing schools participated in the parade and Maypole dance. (Courtesy of Carol Malcom O’Keeffe)
In 1963, a former Parkside queen saw her daughter crowned.