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    In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    The following information is from Yesterland.com

    America on Parade ran from June 14, 1975, through September 6, 1976. Doing double-duty as Disneyland's afternoon and evening parade, America on Parade displaced the Main Street Electrical Parade for two summers.

    With 50 parade units, 150 character performers, and lasting over a half hour, America on Parade is a grand experience. The parade features the "People of America" -- eight-foot-tall characters with doll-like heads -- including Ben Franklin, Miss Liberty, Uncle Sam, Pilgrims, and giant snack-food vendors. Watch as these "People of America" perform to some of the America's most popular tunes, recorded from a traditional band organ, including Yankee Doodle, This Land Is Your Land, There's No Business Like Show Business, and God Bless America.

    The parade floats are towering. Watch eight-foot-tall Betsy Ross, in her two-story-tall rocking chair, sewing the immense, first American flag. See giant snack food containers rolling down the parade route. Marvel at a turkey as tall as the buildings of Main Street.

    The parade was shown at 3 and 9 pm at both WDW and DL.

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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    Neat! I bet those tall costumes were a complete pain to wear!

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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    Am I the only one who thinks it looks like the stars being held in the fourth picture from the bottom in the second post spell 'WINOS'?

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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    Here's some other pictures that were taken by my family and I on the 4th of July, 1976.

    Waiting for the parade...




    Nearly all the park was decorated for it...


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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    This is a little off topic, but wasn't the company in pretty bad shape in the 70's?

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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    Quote Originally Posted by skycrashesdown
    Am I the only one who thinks it looks like the stars being held in the fourth picture from the bottom in the second post spell 'WINOS'?
    Haha, no your not it does look like that. Cool pics though, I really love the style of this parade.
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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    Here's some personal shots that my family took of the parade that summer.

























































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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    I remember that Parade. It must one of my first memories of the park! I would have been 3 or 4 years old! Nice pictures. THANKS!
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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 19

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyMickey
    This is a little off topic, but wasn't the company in pretty bad shape in the 70's?
    It's animation and film division was, but it wasn't until the 80's that it almost got taken over and dismantled piece by piece.

    How about that, Disney was one single stock trade away from fading into obscurity in 1984...no one under age 30 today would've even known Disney existed in the capacity it did. Kind of a strange, and scary, thought when you think about how successful Disney is today.

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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    AWESOME!!
    Thanks so much for sharing those!!
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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    That's amazing. Looks like a great (and long) parade for 30 years ago!

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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    FOURTH OF JULY RULES! I LOVE FIREWORKS haha THATS FROM THE MUPPETS SHOW AHA

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    Re: In honor of the 4th of July, Oogie presents 'America On Parade', Pictures from 1976

    I was there on July 4, 1976! It brings back great memories. Although that was not the first time I saw the parade.

    Great pictures.

    One note: Notice how elaborate the parade was. It had many floats and many complicated costumes. It was a grand parade. (Although I was never thrilled with the doll concept, but it was a nice parade.)

    As to Disney not doing well in the 1970's, that is not true. Disney opened WDW in 1971. There was a lot of money poured into Florida during that period, but Disneyland was still in great shape. Tomorrowland would get Space Mountain in 1977! It was a wonderful decade for the park.
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