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Parades in Old Time Radio Collection

Relive the nostalgia of parades yesteryear - both real and fictional. These great celebrations!

24 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 10 hours, 51 min)
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Hippo Balloon on ParadeA parade is simply a group of people moving along a common route with other people watching them. As they become more organized, parades lend themselves to a wide variety of themes and traditions. Parades are an important part of annual holiday and civic celebrations and will require a great deal of support from the law enforcement community to not only help control the inevitable crowds but to direct the disruption in traffic.

Fourth of July ParadeSome popular parades include Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City featuring huge character balloons, the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, billed as part of America's New Year's Celebration, the "Show Us Your Shoes" Parade in Atlantic City where Miss America contestants display shoes themed for their home states while riding on the back of convertible automobiles along the Boardwalk just before the Pageant Finals, and the "Westward Ho!" Parade in Pendleton, Oregon, celebrating the Western origins of the Roundup by not allowing motor vehicles.

One of the most popular parade features is parade floats. These fanciful creations got their name because they were highly decorated barges towed along canals by marchers. Some canal floats were propelled by oarsmen hidden within the structure of the float, but the flimsy construction of the float barges led to several drownings. Some of the earliest "grounded floats" were horse-drawn affairs used in ceremonies honoring the drowned oarsmen. In modern practice, floats are usually towed by motor vehicles or self-propelled with the driver in a hidden compartment. On The Alan Young Show, our hero is entrusted with the secret plans for the Van Nuys Rose Parade float, which is not certain to end well.

The tradition of parades as civic celebrations has its origins in military marching drill. Drilling troops arose as armies began fighting as units rather than individuals. Tactically, formation fighting reached its apex during the Napoleonic Era but using such tightly grouped forces became suicidal with the development of breech loading rifles, artillery, and especially machine guns. Close-order formation marching is still an important part of military training because of the teamwork and discipline it instills, even though its use is largely ceremonial. A ceremonial military parade is the centerpiece of the fourteenth episode of Jerry At Fair Oaks.

1950s Halloween ParadeWhen Charles Lindberg returned to America after his historic transAtlantic flight aboard the USS Memphis, a parade was held from through Washington DC, and the Blue and Red Networks had reporters on hand to cover the whole thing. Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone were regular participants in the Easter Parade along Wilshire Blvd and in 1955 drives the Maxwell in the Pasadena's Rose Parade. Bob and Ray covered several parades, including New York's fourth of July Parade, Boston's American Legion Parade, and the "February 8th Parade" from New Hampshire.

After the Memorial Day Parade, our favorite water commissioner decides that it is time for him to draft a will, and he considers endowing the city with a statue of The Great Gildersleeve. Wistful Vista's leading citizens, Fibber McGee and Molly are called upon to lead the town parade, on horseback! This unlikely feat is more than matched by Charlie McCarthy's intention to lead the parade opening the New York World's Fair from the back of an elephant. Upset horses interfere with the parade opening the newest amusement park in Metropolis, Happyland, but the Man of Steel has reason to suspect foul play on The Adventures of Superman.

A parade becomes an unlikely public relations tool when a genuine Martian hires a PR firm to publicize that the Martians are coming in "The Parade" on Dimension X and X Minus One. The Columbia Workshop presents some rather fanciful parades, including an imaginary one down a New York street in "And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street", and a heavily allegorical anti-war story from the streets of New York where "The Parade" can neither be seen or heard. Perhaps the most imaginative parade in radio was the Christmas Parade on the 24th (of 26) episode of The Cinnamon Bear.

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    24 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 10 hours, 51 min
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      24 shows - total playtime 10 hours 51 minutes
      1. Alan Young Show 461227 110 Rose Bowl Float3.mp3
      2. Arch Obolers Plays 450802 17 Parade.mp3
      3. Barptcbsrn 590706 006 Price Guest.mp3
      4. Bob And Ray 490729 X Vaudevillians Jaffe And Barnes.mp3
      5. Chase Sanborn Hour 390709 Stuart Irwin And Tony Galento.mp3
      6. Christmas Shows Collection 691200 Monitor.mp3
      7. Cinnamon Bear 371223 24 Parade.mp3
      8. Columbia Workshop 401201 056 I Saw It On Mulberry Street.mp3
      9. Columbia Workshop 461207 043 Parade.mp3
      10. Dimension X 500825 Parade.mp3
      11. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 420414 0321 Spring Festival Parade.mp3
      12. Great Gildersleeve 430530 084 Memorial Day Parade.mp3
      13. Jack Benny 420405 441 Dons Commercial.mp3
      14. Jack Benny 520413 804 Jack And Mary Walk In Easter Parade.mp3
      15. Jack Benny 550102 Rose Bowl Parade Broadcast From New York.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 550410 918 Easter Stroll.mp3
      17. Jerry At Fair Oaks 380000 Episode 014 Jerry Paint Smokestack.mp3
      18. Little Things In Life 750808 005 Chosen To Be Paul Revere.mp3
      19. Our Miss Brooks 500409 087 Easter Egg Dye.mp3
      20. Recollections At 30 561226 June 11 1927 Broadcast Day.mp3
      21. Taos 400708 0064 Happyland Amusement Park Pt 01.mp3
      22. Vic And Sade 370528 Decoration Day Parade.mp3
      23. X Minus One 550501 Parade.mp3
      24. X Minus One 560125 Parade.mp3
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    24 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 10 hours, 51 min
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      24 shows - total playtime 10 hours 51 minutes
      1. Alan Young Show 461227 110 Rose Bowl Float3.mp3
      2. Arch Obolers Plays 450802 17 Parade.mp3
      3. Barptcbsrn 590706 006 Price Guest.mp3
      4. Bob And Ray 490729 X Vaudevillians Jaffe And Barnes.mp3
      5. Chase Sanborn Hour 390709 Stuart Irwin And Tony Galento.mp3
      6. Christmas Shows Collection 691200 Monitor.mp3
      7. Cinnamon Bear 371223 24 Parade.mp3
      8. Columbia Workshop 401201 056 I Saw It On Mulberry Street.mp3
      9. Columbia Workshop 461207 043 Parade.mp3
      10. Dimension X 500825 Parade.mp3
      11. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 420414 0321 Spring Festival Parade.mp3
      12. Great Gildersleeve 430530 084 Memorial Day Parade.mp3
      13. Jack Benny 420405 441 Dons Commercial.mp3
      14. Jack Benny 520413 804 Jack And Mary Walk In Easter Parade.mp3
      15. Jack Benny 550102 Rose Bowl Parade Broadcast From New York.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 550410 918 Easter Stroll.mp3
      17. Jerry At Fair Oaks 380000 Episode 014 Jerry Paint Smokestack.mp3
      18. Little Things In Life 750808 005 Chosen To Be Paul Revere.mp3
      19. Our Miss Brooks 500409 087 Easter Egg Dye.mp3
      20. Recollections At 30 561226 June 11 1927 Broadcast Day.mp3
      21. Taos 400708 0064 Happyland Amusement Park Pt 01.mp3
      22. Vic And Sade 370528 Decoration Day Parade.mp3
      23. X Minus One 550501 Parade.mp3
      24. X Minus One 560125 Parade.mp3
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    24 recordings on 11 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 51 min

    Parades Disc A001

    1. Vic And Sade 370528 Decoration Day Parade
    2. Cinnamon Bear 371223 24 Parade
    3. Jerry At Fair Oaks 380000 Episode 014 Jerry Paint Smokestack

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    Parades Disc A002

    1. Chase Sanborn Hour 390709 Stuart Irwin And Tony Galento
    2. Taos 400708 0064 Happyland Amusement Park Pt 01

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    Parades Disc A003

    1. Columbia Workshop 401201 056 I Saw It On Mulberry Street
    2. Jack Benny 420405 441 Dons Commercial

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    Parades Disc A004

    1. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 420414 0321 Spring Festival Parade
    2. Great Gildersleeve 430530 084 Memorial Day Parade

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    Parades Disc A005

    1. Arch Obolers Plays 450802 17 Parade
    2. Columbia Workshop 461207 043 Parade

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    Parades Disc A006

    1. Alan Young Show 461227 110 Rose Bowl Float3
    2. Bob And Ray 490729 X Vaudevillians Jaffe And Barnes

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    Parades Disc A007

    1. Our Miss Brooks 500409 087 Easter Egg Dye
    2. Dimension X 500825 Parade

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    Parades Disc A008

    1. Jack Benny 520413 804 Jack And Mary Walk In Easter Parade
    2. Jack Benny 550102 Rose Bowl Parade Broadcast From New York

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    Parades Disc A009

    1. Jack Benny 550410 918 Easter Stroll
    2. X Minus One 550501 Parade

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    Parades Disc A010

    1. X Minus One 560125 Parade
    2. Recollections At 30 561226 June 11 1927 Broadcast Day
    3. Barptcbsrn 590706 006 Price Guest

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    Parades Disc A011

    1. Christmas Shows Collection 691200 Monitor
    2. Little Things In Life 750808 005 Chosen To Be Paul Revere

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