As part of celebrating 4th of July, I've pulled out an old book I have out of my library on Disneyland's (and Walt Disney World's) "America On Parade". Although the book mainly talks about the history of America, and nothing about the parade itself, the one stand-out feature of the book are the beautiful, large photo pull-outs that offer panoramas of the floats featured in the parade. Painstakingly scanned in sections, I've put together these photos to show you folks of today how the bicentennial was celebrated in the 70's (and to bring back some memories). I would color correct a lot of these, but I left them in their original color condition for nostalgia purposes.
For those of you who have never heard of such a parade, or can't seem to jog your memory, here's a quick summary of what the parade was about:
"Conceived as a salute and celebration honoring the American Bicentennial "America on Parade" began it's daily performances in July 1975, at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and continued until September 1976. In all, the red, white and blue procession completed more than 1200 performances before a total audience of 25 million people, the largest audience ever to view a live performance".
-- Disneyland: The first Quarter Century