Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Santa Claus is Coming to Town - II

There was a brief while in the 30s-40s where more commercial characters like Felix the Cat appeared but by the 1950s the parade was made up of characters from fairy tales, nursery rhymes and childrens books.Clowns were a feature of all the parades - my own favorite were the upside down clowns. The big heads, more in the Mardi Gras tradition, frightened me for some reason.
The tableau wagons were a hold over from the old style Circus parade - and figures could be moved from small wagons to bigger theme wagons in another year's parade.
It hardly mattered that next year Cinderella's coach, minus the crown, would become the property of Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater and his wife. It was all magical.

16 decembre - Sant'Albina

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