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The Driskell-Owens-Pickard Family Film Collection - Bicentennial Parade and Amusement Parks (1975-6)

Kelli L. Pickard

Silent | 1975

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  •   Bicentennial parade in Longview 
  •  Jackson, Mississippi 
  •  Crossing the border into Florida 
  •  Weeki Wachee Springs, a natural tourist attraction featuring underwater performances by “mermaids” 
  •  Reconstruction of the Royal Navy sailing ship HMS Bounty, docked in St. Petersburg. The ship sank during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. 
  •  Busch Gardens Tampa 
  •  Walt Disney World in Orlando 
  •  Cypress Gardens botanical garden and theme park in Winter Haven. The park became known as the “Water Ski Capital of the World” because over 50 world records were broken there. Cypress Gardens closed in 2009, after which it was purchased and turned into Legoland Florida.  
  •  Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery 
  •  Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi 
  •  Christmas 1975 
  •  Heavy snow 
  •  Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington 
  •  Musical performance by the 5th Dimension 
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This home movie captures moments in the lives of the Pickard family between July 1976 and May 1977. The film begins during special Bicentennial Independence Day parade in Longivew, featuring children on colorful bikes, Shriners, and classic cars. Next, the Pickards embark on a road trip through Florida, making stops at numerous theme parks across the state. Back home in Longview, the family later celebrates Christmas and takes advantage of a heavy snow. The following summer, the Pickards take a trip to Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, where they see a performance by popular vocal group, the 5th Dimension.