Gaity, sunny skies and balmy Springtime temperatures saluted the New York World's Fair as it opened its second season, Wednesday 21 April with bands, floats, pretty baton twirlers, Swiss bell ringers and a host of Disney characters among 4,000 marchers.
Aerial view of the fairgrounds, ribbon cutting, balloons released, various shots of parades, ending with the closed and deserted Indonesian Pavilion.
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Background: Gaity, sunny skies and balmy Springtime temperatures saluted the New York World's Fair as it opened its second season, Wednesday 21 April with bands, floats, pretty baton twirlers, Swiss bell ringers and a host of Disney characters among 4,000 marchers.
The ceremony was in marked contrast to the scene a year ago when the 1964 season opening was marred by cold rainy weather and civil rights disturbances. There was not a picket in sight Wednesday.
Last year's dismal opening foreshadowed a season in which attendance fell well below expectations and operations ended in a financial deficit. But there was a general air of optimism Wednesday that the second season would be far more successful than the first, although many doubted the goal of 37-million visitors would be reached before the exposition closes for the last time next Fall.
Through eight different gates, first-day visitors streamed onto the grounds and headed toward the new attractions at the Federal Pavilion, where precious U.S. documents are newly on display, to the revitalized amusement area and to the Winston Churchill exhibit.
Others rushed to the big industrial attractions of last year.
A man costumed as Father Knickerbocker -- symbol of New York City -- snipped a ribbon and 500 balloons soared into the sky making the opening official. Some of the balloons contained tickets to the Fair.
A brightly costumed procession wound a two-mile course through the fairgrounds to the Singer Bowl, a big amphitheater. In the line of march were 18 bands 31 floats and a host of other attractions including a Viking ship, a 75-foot dragon and Miss America of 1965.
Dignitaries Singer Bowl for the official opening ceremony were headed by Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, Mayor Willy Brandt of West Berlin and Robert Moses, the developer and president of the fair, who survived a winter of criticism to emerge smilingly in charge today.
About the only quiet place on the fairgrounds was the padlocked Indonesian Pavilion -- one of the most popular attractions last year. In a dispute that is part of the general worsening of ties between the U.S. and Indonesia, the fair seized the pavilion, claiming President Sukarno had abrogated his contract when he declared the pavilion would not open this year.