Mardi Gras, 50 Years Ago: “Bigger and Better than ever”
"MARDI GRAS USHERS IN LENTEN SEASON: The traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras is BIGGER and BETTER than ever as parades continue thru day and night. Pretty girls and grotesque floats all add up to fun for one and all…"
Welcome Back to Earth!
Six days after Astronaut John Glenn orbited the Earth in the Friendship 7 capsule, he rode in a parade with his family and Vice President Lyndon Johnson in Washington, DC.
Washington, DC, Astronaut John Glenn and Mrs. Glenn with their Children Ride with Vice President Johnson in the Washington Parade, 02/26/1962
"Indian Day parade, Omaha, Neb., Aug. 4, 1898."
from the series: Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity, 1754 - 1954
March is Women’s History Month!
Photograph, Suffrage Parade, 1913
From the Series: Photographs Used in Publications, Records of the Office of War Information, Record Group 208
As March 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the watershed Women’s Suffrage Parade in Washington DC, be sure to watch for more #Suffrage13 features from the National Archives, including:
Jimmy Started Something New
In 1977, Jimmy Carter started a tradition that has now become one of the most anticipated events on Inauguration Day.
While in the motorcade of the Inaugural Parade, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter exited their car to walk the route to the White House.
Only the Secret Service had been notified of Carter’s decision to break with tradition, and at first, parade viewers thought the car had broken down.
Nine-year-old Amy Carter joined her parents for part of the parade route, jumping and skipping along Pennsylvania Avenue in her excitement.
-from the Carter Library
Did you know that Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first President to be inaugurated on January 20th?
FDR was the last POTUS to take the oath of office on March 4, 1933. After the passage of the 20th Amendment, FDR became the first President to be sworn in on the new day of January 20 for his second inauguration in 1937.Th 20th amendment was passed in order to shorten the transition time between administrations.
President Roosevelt watching the Inaugural Parade from a replica of Andrew Jackson’s “Hermitage” in front of the White House. January 20, 1937.-from the FDR Library
"Labor Day Weekend brings the Annual Garfield County Fair Parade, 09/1973" David Hiser, Photographer
Photos of the Garfield County Fair Parade, held in Rifle, Colorado during Labor Day weekend, September, 1973. These are from the EPA’s DOCUMERICA Program to document subjects of environmental concern in America during the 1970s.
August 25 - Liberation of Paris
After an uprising by the French Resistance and days of street fighting, Paris was liberated by Allied forces from the Germans on August 25, 1944.