Saturday, June 19, 2021

Barnum Festival, 1949, pt. 2, by Vincent Frazzetta, Sr.

This second segment of four reels of 8mm film taken by Bridgeport resident Vincent Frazzetta, Sr., during the first year of the Barnum Festival in Bridgeport, 1949.

This segment begins with the Barnum Festival Parade on lower Park Avenue near the Perry Memorial Arch.

band; floats; clowns; bag pipes; Lions Club; Shriners-various chapters; military band; Bridgeport Hospital; Knights of Columbus; Sorority; National Association of Power Engineers; Police; Italian Association; Hungarian group; drum corps; children; Danbury Fair; YMCA; mermaid float; Bassick High School; Central High School; Honeyspot Monuments; Bridgeport Brass Company; West Side Business Association; floats; Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees); Dinardo Brothers Used Cars; General Electric Company; Junior Police Corps; Bridgeport Police float

Seaside Park-Perry Memorial Arch:
Jasper McLevy and Colonel Henri Mucci

Seaside Park Performances:
“Festival of Nations” – multiple dance performances representing different nationalities; choir; gymnastics demo; clowns; band; procession of Festival King and Queen; Jasper McLevy speech; stage performances; dance in formal dress and horse carriages; childrens’ procession; Tom Thumb and Wife; Metro Body Truck; floats; clowns; dances; costumes

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