Gay Pride flash mob

pittfmob.jpg Maddy Landi (left of center, dreadlocks) and dance company kNOTDance formed a flash mob Friday in Pittsburgh's Market Square, in support of Pittsburgh Pride 2011. After five minutes of choreographed dancing and acrobatics, the team melted back into the crowd. After the jump, video! Photo: Heather Beschizza.


  1. A 54 second video? Is that the best there is? There must be a full video of the whole thing somewhere no?

  2. Not pictured: the thunderstorm that swept through minutes later which created an impromptu wet t-shirt contest.

    1. “This is why straight folks like to hang out with gay people”

      So we can dance wild and unabashedly in front of perfect strangers while being videotaped?

      That’s OK, I guess – but keep in mind that Gay people
      have more things to offer than dancing and singing in shopping malls.

      1. Yeah, I don’t need gay people for that. I need gay people for D&D. Well, I don’t need them, but my DM is gay, and while I could find another DM, I kinda like this one.

        //I also like the straight guy running the True20 campaign, but he and his fiance are leaving for another state.
        //The moral of the story: it’s pen and paper RPGs beneath the turtles.

  3. I’ve been reading a fascinating book called “TOTAL ART” by author Adrian Henri (1974) that traces public performances and art happenings back to their modern roots in the Italian Futurists of the early 20th Century. Various brands of Dadaists also especially loved to go outside and do confrontational and entertaining things for public consumption. I’m not sure if I’m a complete fan of today’s “flash mobs” (generally, there seems to be something very egotistical and “look at me! look at me!” about them) – but they do fall within the realm of environmental art happenings, initiated decades ago

  4. Looks like all they got from this camera angle was the distraction created by the gay street gang’s dancing. Perhaps there’s another video that captured the assault and robbery in progress?

    Or, at least this is how Chicago Police, with eager help from local press, have been endeavoring to redefine the term “flash mob” lately:

    the attacks Saturday did not appear to be coordinated by any social media. police said.” — Random Attacks Cause Concern in Chicago, Chicago Tribune, June 6.

    The flash mob phenomenon has taken an alarmingly dark turn on Chicago’s Near North Side. Teenage posses, some apparently assembled via social media networks, are visiting chaos on retail and tourist hot spots in and around the Gold Coast, Streeterville and Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. Warm summer nights tend to bring out troublemakers, and Saturday night was a good example.” — Mag Mile Mobs, Chicago Tribune, same day, with reference to the same incidents.

  5. Keep in mind that also that not everyone in this group is gay. There are straight people dancing too.

  6. I do not for the life of me understand how a flash mob can be so coordinated in terms of specifics (exact numbers of shirt colors, all those coordinated dance moves), I thought flash mobs were supposed to be last moment, announced just before they happen kind of things. Did that change?

    1. Dance flash mobs have to be co-ordinated, but flash mobs like “Frozen Central Station” are last minute

  7. Hot damn that dread dude works it something fierce–give me whatever granola he’s having!

  8. I love it! Though it is not so much a flash mob if there is a sound system visibly rigged up, a large area cleared and a number of big ass video cameras pointed att the whole thing. It was a performance where the performers entered the fray gradually for effect.

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