This was downtown Rio de Janeiro during President Eisenhower's hour-long ticket-tape parade. It looked and?
This was downtown Rio de Janeiro during President Eisenhower's hour-long ticket-tape parade. It looked and sounded like New York City.
The size of the crowd was estimated at upwards of 500-thousand people. On several occasions, the whole procession came to a stop while the crowd, which began gathering about dawn, whistled, shouted and clapped its hands.
President Eisenhower's reception in Portuguese-speaking Rio was even more enthusiastic than that extended to the President of Portugal in 1957...which apparently set a modern record.
Ten thousand police and thirty five thousand soldiers were assigned to protect the President in Rio. One of the soldiers arrested a pickpocket, who had eluded the mass roundup ordered before the President's arrival. This is a customary police practice in most cities when large crowds are expected to turn out. The crowds surged forwarded as the pickpocket was escorted to the local jail.