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[A parade at the Century of Progress 'Foreign Villages' exhibit. The ethnological exhibit included replicas of model villages from Spain, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico, Tunisia, and Morocco, among others. Each village was staffed by employees in costumes native to the country being represented. The model villages also featured entertainment, an arts and crafts demonstration, and indoor and outdoor dining.]
[Colonial American military reenactors on parade in Colonial Village.]
[Parade in front of the Czechoslovakia pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. The Century of Progress showcased the artistic, cultural, and scientific achievements of Czechoslovakia, then a newly independent country that had won its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War One. Anton Cermak, mayor of Chicago from 1931 until his assassination in 1933, just a few months prior to the Century of Progress grand opening, was a Czech immigrant from Bohemia.]
[Participants in the 'Parade of the Masques,' which was held on the Boardwalk of the Midway.]
[U.S. Army marching band assemble for a parade at the Hall of Science Court of Honor.]
"Approximately 5,000 Italian-Americans gathered about the Italian government building of the Chicago World's Fair for the unveiling of a memorial pillar to Italo Balbo, shown here, Sunday (July 15th). It was the highlight of Italian day at the Fair, with Mayor Edward J. Kelly; Marquis Rossi Longhi, Italian charge d'affairs; Rufus C. Dawes; Giuseppi Castruccio; consul-general; Lt. Gov. Thomas F. Donovan, and other officials present." [Italo Balbo was a fascist general and leader of the Italian Blackshirts and, at the time, a close ally of Benito Mussolini. Balbo arrived at the Century of Progress on a transatlantic flight from Rome, Italy. The City of Chicago subsequently staged a parade and renamed 7th Street 'Balbo Drive' in his honor.]
"Mrs. Helen Reid of 808 East 42nd street, was the 16th and last millionth visitor to the World's Fair today, the last day of the great exposition, Mrs. Reid, a widow, came in to the 23rd street entrance of the Fair at 1:13 p.m. where she was greeted by officials of the Fair and then taken in a parade to the administration building where she was greeted by Rufus C. Dawes, president (center) and Lenox R. Lohr, general manager of the exposition. The honored visitor was presented with gifts valued at several hundred dollars."
"Mrs. Helen Reid, of 808 East 42nd street, was the sixteenth and last millionth visitor to the World's Fair today, the last day of the great exposition. Mrs. Reid, a widow, came in to the 23rd street entrance of the Fair at 1:13 p.m. where she was greeted by officials of the Fair and then taken in a parade to the administration building where she was greeted by Rufus C. Dawes, president, (center) and Lenox R. Lohr, general manager of the exposition. The honored visitor was presented with gifts valued at several hundred dollars."
"Shriners to the number of more than two thousand yesterday attended the World's Fair. The band from Sinai Temple, Montpelier, Vermont, shown here made its official entrance into the grounds at noon, and following the parade played in the Court of States. Moslem Temple Shriners from Detroit marched down the Avenue of Flags and listened to the Detroit Symphony band dedicate a new march to them at the Ford Symphony Gardens."
"The drum and bugle corps of the Calumet City American Legion post provided the martial music for the parade of the parishioners of St. Andrew's Roman Catholic church which celebrated St. Andrew's Day at the Chicago World's Fair yesterday (Sunday). A colorful program was held in the Court of States, including music, dancing, a fashion show, and gymnastic demonstrations."
"The little Dutch Boy and the Dutch girl, two of the contestants in the 'Parade of the Masques' held on the Boardwalk of the Midway at the New World's Fair, last night (August 8th). Left to right, Martha Nomdem and Fritz Das from the Dutch Village."
"Two of the contestants who entered in the 'Parade of the Masques' contest held on the Boardwalk of the Midway at the new World's Fair last night (August 8th). Dressed in Zula costume are Adelaide Fisher and Arthur Fisher, 1652 Nelson Street."
"Veterans of the Spanish American War as they parade up to the 16th St. bridge from the Avenue of Flags. This parade was part of the celebration of Spanish-American War Day at the new World's Fair."
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