Mariposa : celebrating Canadian folk music : Security and media coverage

Public perception

Mariposa Folk Festival : near Brampton : Caledon East

Following the first three years of the festival, controversy in the press arose regarding "rowdyism” from the “folkniks” at the festival. Several communities filed injunctions to keep the festival out of their areas, which generated press attention. Despite the negativity associated with the folk revival movement at that time, the directors allowed groups such as the Martin Luther King Fund to solicit funds at the festival,  taking a stand about the virtues of the folk movement and its traditional relationship to civil rights.

Mariposa Folk Festival : near Brampton : Caledon East

Colloquial accounts from festival volunteers recall that some newspapers sent photographers to the festival to seek out and photograph 'unsavoury' types.

Here Toronto Telegram photographer Pete Geddes captured images of motorcylists arriving late to the festival camp ground in 1965.

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