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The Johnson Collection - Independence Day Parade (1957)

Herbert L. Johnson

Silent | 1957

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  •  According to the Odessa American, one of the parade’s highlights was a group of children from Acuna, Mexico, wearing traditional Mexican dress. The youngsters, accompanied by four school teachers, were reportedly brought to participate in the parade by Odessa businessman Otto Pavlicek.  
  •  An Army tank interrupts the stream of beauty queens 
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This 1957 home movie segment captures the Eighth Annual Independence Day Parade in downtown Odessa. Hosted by the Odessa Jaycees and sponsored by the Odessa Junior Chamber of Commerce, the parade featured military units from throughout the region as well as floats from local clubs, organizations, and businesses.