4.2/10
33
2 user

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Lowell, Mass. (1905)

| Short, News
Lowell, Massachusetts: a stationary camera records the St. Patrick's Day parade on a muddy street. With formidable buildings in the background, lots of male dignitaries pass on horseback, ... See full summary »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Storyline

Lowell, Massachusetts: a stationary camera records the St. Patrick's Day parade on a muddy street. With formidable buildings in the background, lots of male dignitaries pass on horseback, wearing silk top hats and sashes, some carrying bouquets of flowers. Interspersed is the occasional marching band - a bugle corps, a fife and drum band, and a brass band. There's a carriage or two, and several platoons of soldiers, marching in lines, their rifles over their shoulders. After the parade ends, we cut to a solitary older man in black leaving a church and walking past our vantage. He tips his hat. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | News

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Another Parade...
24 October 2009 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

It's a little known fact that, of the 3,287 parades that took place in the United states of America in 1905, a Thomas Edison cameraman was on hand to capture the action in all but two of these events. A by-law actually made it illegal for parades to commence before the Edison man arrived, and participants in the Little Valley Thanksgiving Day Parade were forced to wait fourteen hours when Edison's cameraman failed to alight from his train at the Little Valley Railway Station after imbibing a quart of bourbon and sleeping through to Big Valley, more than two hundred miles down the line.

OK, I made all that up, but there isn't really much to write about this film. The early filmmakers were so desperate for material that they did tend to film a lot of parades. They were all filmed with the object of capturing one small portion of the action rather than attempting to capture a flavour of the entire affair.

This parade was shot from a street corner which means that we get very little idea of its' scale. Men ride by on horseback clutching bouquets of flower, and cloth-capped tykes mingle with the parade. Strangely, the final, seemingly unrelated, scene sees a man in robes emerging from a church and jauntily tipping his hat at the camera before walking off-screen.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page