What an Odd Parade

Last week, a reader submitted a comment to GM’s post asking Why Not Hold Parades? She pointed out that Georgetown once did host a parade:

Georgetown also was the site of the Trumbull and Core’s Gross National Parade, which was DC’s answer to Pasadena, California’s Doo-Dah Parade. It ran from about 1982 to 1988. The parade route was down M Street from 19th Street to Wisconsin Ave. It featured DC bureaucrats satirizing the bureaucracy. Participants included a precision briefcase drill team, Subversive Fruits and Vegetables (“White House Leeks,” etc.), Conan’s Librarians (NPRs Program Librarians).

The video above is from the 1984 edition of the parade, and it shows the intersection of M and Wisconsin, looking from south of the intersection over to Nathans and the Riggs Bank.

What a weird parade it was.

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