• Short Summary

    NEW YORKERS THRONGED THE STREETS OF THE CITY TO JOIN IN THE FUN AND BALLY-HOO OF THE TRADITIONAL EASTER PARADE.

  • Description

    NEW YORKERS THRONGED THE STREETS OF THE CITY TO JOIN IN THE FUN AND BALLY-HOO OF THE TRADITIONAL EASTER PARADE. DESPITE GLOOMY REPORTS OF URBAN DECADENCE, THE VIETNAM WARM RACIAL PROBLEMS AND THE OTHER DIFFICULTIES NOW FACING MODERN AMERICA, THE CROWDS TURNED THE PARADE DOWN FIFTH AVENUE INTO THE GREAT FUN OF BY-GONE DAYS.

    SONGS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THE EASTER PARADE, AND THE ANECDOTES ARE LEGION. IT BEGAN AS AN IRISH PARADE. RIVALLING THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY COMMEMORATION. BUT FOR MANY YEARS AGO, IT'S BEEN A REAL NEW YORK OCCASION... NOT CONFINED TO ANY ONE GROUP.

    IT'S A TIME FOR FANCY HATS AND FUN, FROLICS AND FOOLERY. NEW YORK, THE VAST URBAN SPRAWL, WHERE THERE ARE MURDERS EVERY FEW MINUTES AND VIOLENCE IS ALMOST A WAY OF LIFE, MANAGED YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) TO FORGET IT'S PROBLEMS AND JUST HAVE FUN.

    SYNOPSIS: ST. PATRICK'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL IS THE TRADITIONAL STARTING POINT FOR NEW YORK'S EASTER PARADE. ORIGINALLY AN IRISH OCCASION, THE PARADE HAS FOR MANY YEARS BEEN A NEW YORK AFFAIR, NOT CONFINED TO ANY ONE GROUP.

    THEY GO DOWN FIFTH AVENUE, JUST LIKE THE SONG.

    NEW YORK, THE VIOLENT CITY, WHERE MURDER IS COMMON AND VIOLENCE ALMOST A WAY OF LIFE, WAS IN A FESTIVAL MOOD. GAY HATS, FANCY DRESS, HAPPY PEOPLE. THE GLOOMY REPORTS OF URBAN DECADENCE SEEMED TO BE CONTRADICTED ON EASTER DAY.

    EVEN RACIAL DIFFERENCES WERE SUBMERGED, IF NOT FORGOTTEN.

    YOUNG AND OLD, EVERY ONE WAS ON THE STREETS. FOR A CHANGE, THE PHRASE MEANT FUN, NOT FEAR.

    FORTUNATELY THERE WASN'T A CAT IN SIGHT.

    JUST FOR THIS OCCASION, NEW YORK LOOKED THE WAY IT MUST HAVE BEEN IN HAPPIER TIMES. THERE ARE THOSE WHO WOULD HOPE THE SPIRIT OF THE PARADE MIGHT CONTINUE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

    BUT AT LEAST FOR ONE DAY, THE BALLY-HOO AND FUN WAS INFECTIOUS AND PEOPLE REALLY DID GET OUT AND ENJOY THEMSELVES ON THE SIDE-WALKS OF NEW YORK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA78U8UJEVGRDU7PQR0VB5FFYJI
    Media URN:
    VLVA78U8UJEVGRDU7PQR0VB5FFYJI
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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