I was working there at that time, and I loved that parade. Yes, maybe some of the heads could have been a bit smaller and all that.
But I remember working there on the night of July 4, 1976...31 years ago tonight, actually...and I got off my Plaza Pavillion-Tahitian Terrace shift at 7:30pm...just in time to come back and see the special parade presentation and fireworks show that night.
A special time indeed.
Thanks again for the memories, Werner.
PS...the first aid nurses back then told me they had several dehydration cases, as you might imagine, with parade people in those costumes and heads in summer temps