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Catalog Number 2009.041.006
Object Name Film, Motion Picture
Scope & Content Silent color 16mm home movie containing footage from Detroit's 250th Birthday Festival parade on Woodward Avenue. The portion of the parade captured primarily features U.S. Navy participants, and floats sponsored by corporations representing the city's early history. The floats proceed north along Woodward, as shot from the west side of the street between West Columbia Street, and Elizabeth Street. Sundra's Restaurant, Carter Electric Store, the Downtown Y.W.C.A. building, and the Elwood Bar are among the businesses in the background.

The film opens with a shot of sailors marching in the parade, followed by a shot of a DUKW amphibious vehicle being used by the U.S. Navy Recruiting Service as a parade float. "Operation Festival" is painted on the side of the vehicle.

A group of women in pink majorette costumes march past the camera in the following shot. This cuts to a shot of two people in blue cavaliere costume on horseback on horseback.

The remainder of the film features the sponsored historical scene floats. In the first, from the Briggs Manufacturing Company, a group of people in 18th century French court costume stand on a blue float decorated with fleurs-de-lis and a blue and white color scheme.

The next float is sponsored by the Cadillac Motor Car Division, and it features people in Native American costume meeting a man portraying Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac and a group in a canoe dressed as French explorers. A map on the side of the float shows Cadillac's route from Quebec to Detroit.

The following shot is of the S.S. Kresge Company's float. On this float, people in 18th century French military costume and Native American costumes stand inside a miniature representation of Fort Pontchartrain. Behind the fort is a ship carrying a woman in a purple dress--presumably portraying Marie-Therese Guyon Cadillac--and people in fur trader costume. A man in Native American costume in a canoe is at the rear of the float, behind the ship.

Buick's float appears next. Men in British military costume stand inside a minature representation of a fort on this float. The scene includes men in officer garb around a table.

In the Pontiac Motor Division float, men in Native American costume meet with a man in British military dress.

This is followed by the Burrough float, which depicts a man at a desk taking stock of early Detroit's population and production. People stand behind large signs listing the number of children, "Indian Workers," women, and men. These people provide the heads for the illustrations of small bodies at the top of each sign. Around the base of the float are figures and a long scroll of paper indicating the number of sheep, oxen, barrels of cider, bushels of potatos, and horses.

The film is on a 2.875" metal Eastman Kodak reel.

Date 1951
Extent of Description 00:01:26
Collection Detroit Anniversaries
Search Terms Parades
Parade Floats
Woodward Avenue
250th Anniversary
Briggs Manufacturing Company
Parade Floats
United States Navy
S.S. Kresge Company
Burroughs Corporation
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