|Colors||Black and white|
|Primary ethnicities||Latino (Mexican)|
|Symbols||Playboy bunny, inverted cross with three slashes on top and dot on the bottom|
|Affiliation||Folks since 1980|
|Founding neighborhood||Pilsen section of Lower West Side neighborhood, 17th and Carpenter|
|Main neighborhood||Pilsen section of Lower West Side neighborhood|
The Party People are a newer organization in the Pilsen area compared to other older gangs that date back to the 1950s; nevertheless, the Party People have outlived most of the gangs that formed in the 1970s and prior and fought ferocious battles with several rivals.
The story starts in the year 1971 in the Pilsen neighborhood at the intersection of 17th and Carpenter when some guys and girls got together that loved to party hard and some were excellent graffiti artists. This group of guys and girls grew up in Pilsen around all the gang violence that was escalating year by year since they were kids as Pilsen’s many gangs fought each other viciously for power. 18th Street had become a war zone with Latin Counts, Ambrose, Morgan Deuces, Satan Disciples, Bishops, Racine Boys and Gaylords all fighting for control of this street and the drama spilled onto nearby 19th and 17th Streets.
This group at 17th and Carpenter had an idea to create a club that was centered around partying and hanging out. They banded together in a large group to discourage gangs from attacking them, and at the same time, they were cool with all the gangs as long as the other gangs did not mess with them. This group became known as the “Party People” which gave the image that they were a peaceful group of people that like to party. “Michael” was the founder of the Party People in 1971.
In 1972, the Party People first got dragged into more serious drama after they took in a former Racine Boy named “Boney.” Boney was a highly aggressive and unforgiving individual that held grudges with several Pilsen area street gangs that he could not let go of. Boney then guided some of the members of the Party People that were former members of the Los Braseros gang to go gang bang against Boney’s enemies. Suddenly, Michael was finding out that all these gangs in the neighborhood such as Latin Counts, Ambrose, Party Masters and Stone Heads were ready to declare war on the Party People. When Michael found out it was Boney and his crew he fist fought with Boney then expelled Boney from the Party People then Boney and his six crew members went on to found the notorious street gang “La Raza” at the corner of Cullerton and Loomis. The Party People were now in the state of fighting gang wars especially with Latin Counts, Bishops, Latin Brothers and Latin Kings.
The Party People retained their label as a Party crew throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s even though they were gang banging. The newer members that joined in the 1980s were even more vicious than the senior members as they were all about gang banging.
In 1980, the Party People joined the Folk Nation alliance thanks to the assistance of the Gangster Two Sixs helping Party People and La Raza to join. La Raza, Party People and Two Six all developed a brotherhood at that point in time.
The Party People and La Raza war was very short lived in the 1970s. Now that the Party People were Folks they expanded their operations in Pilsen to 17th and Racine then onto 18th Street at 18th and May and 19th and May. Party People began working with fellow Folks the Racine Boys of 18th and Racine and opened a sizable turf from 16th Street down to Cullerton and Allport Street to Miller Street. On the west side of this territory were the Allport Lovers of 18th and Allport who were Folks and on the east side were the Morgan Boys of 18th and Morgan who were also Folks, so there were Folks all around the Party People which helped them to flourish more in Pilsen.
The 1990s saw a time of severed ties for the Party People with more fellow Folks. Starting in the early 1990s the wars began with Ambrose as they fought over 18th Street. Party People also became hungry for more territory and that is when they landed at 56th and Maplewood in the Gage Park neighborhood. The War with the Latin Kings heated up intensely once the Party People arrived. The Party People gained popularity in Gage Park and soon spread their influence from 56th Street down to 59th Street and Campbell to Tallman “G-Town.” Party People also made their way into the suburbs landing in Berwyn and Evergreen Park. Party People also set up in the gang infested suburb of Cicero but still managed to battle all those gangs.
The Party People grew significantly in the 1990s swelling into the hundreds in membership. The organization has had many good graffiti artists over the years and also members that joined in the 1980s and 1990s were more ferocious and have fought hard against rivals. The Party People have also not really lost any territory over the years and still have 17th and Carpenter.
Please send in old school pics. 1970s pics will be especially appreciated!
- What exact year did Party People open in Gage Park?
- What exact year did the Cicero, IL set open?
- What year did war erupt with La Raza, Satan Disciples, Ambrose and why?
- What is the time line of leaders after Michael up to the year 2000?
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