• Short Summary

    IN SOUTH AFRICA, ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS YEAR'S JOHANNESBURG FESTIVAL WAS THE PAGEANT THROUGH CITY STREETS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) FEATURING ABOUT 70 FLOATS.

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    IN SOUTH AFRICA, ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS YEAR'S JOHANNESBURG FESTIVAL WAS THE PAGEANT THROUGH CITY STREETS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) FEATURING ABOUT 70 FLOATS.

    AFTER THE CITY PROCESSION, SOME OF THE FLOATS CONTINUED ON TO THE NEARBY COLOURED TOWNSHIP OF CORONATIONVILLE TO ENABLE PEOPLE THERE TO SEE THEM TOO.

    HOWEVER, AS EUROPEANS AREN'T ALLOWED INTO THE TOWNSHIP WITHOUT A SPECIAL PERMIT, MOST OF THOSE ON THE FLOATS HAD TO GET OFF BEFORE CORONATIONVILLE, DISAPPOINTING THE COLOURED ONLOOKERS.

    A GROUP OF COLOURED CHILDREN, WHO HAD MARCHED UP AND DOWN IN CORONATIONVILLE FOR THREE HOURS BEFORE THE PROCESSION, TRYING TO STIR UP LOCAL ENTHUSIASM, WERE ESPECIALLY DISAPPOINTED.

    THE CITY PROCESSION ALSO INCLUDED 20 WALKING GROUPS AND 26 BANDS. THE PARADE WAS LED BY POLICE MOTOR CYCLISTS AND MOUNTED POLICE. THE FIRST FLOAT WAS THE PRESTIGE FLOAT OF THE CITY OF JOHANNESBURG, WHICH THIS YEAR IS CELEBRATING ITS 78TH ANNIVERSARY.

    THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS FLOAT FEATURED THE AIRWAYS QUEEN, MRS. M.J. HAAHOFF, AND OTHER FLOATS WERE RIDDEN BY PEOPLE IN FANCY DRESS, COSTUMES FROM THE PAST AND VARIOUS NATIONAL COSTUMES.

    ONE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE WAS THE FLORAL FLOAT, WHICH WAS DECORATED BY ABOUT 50,000 BLOOMS. THE ENTIRE SOUTH AFRICAN FLOWER INDUSTRY CO-OPERATED TO MAKE THE FLOAT -- FROM GROWERS TO STREET VENDORS AND FLORIST SHOP OWNERS.

    THE PROCESSION TOOK ONE AND A HALF HOURS TO PASS.

    JOHANNESBURG, IN THE TRANSVAAL, IS THE LARGEST CITY IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH A POPULATION OF A BOUT 632,000. IT OWES ITS ORIGIN TO THE DISCOVERY OF GOLD THERE IN 1881 -- NOW ONE OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST GOLDFIELDS. CORONATIONVILLE IS NOT AN AFRICAN BUT A MIXED RACE TOWNSHIP.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6QE3CA8JIVEDCUOP45X910NMB
    Media URN:
    VLVA6QE3CA8JIVEDCUOP45X910NMB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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