Belmont-Central Celebration

I recently rediscovered three mystery Chicago photos I snapped during my grade school days about sixty years ago.  The location is no mystery.  The pictures were taken on Belmont Avenue, just west of Central Avenue, in the middle of the shopping district.

1959–Belmont Avenue @ Parkside Avenue, view east

The mystery is—what was going on?  There’s a parade coming down Belmont, so it’s obviously some sort of celebration.  Perhaps it’s the Fourth of July.

1960–Belmont-Central parade

Whatever it was, it must have impressed me in 1960.  Notice that I used color film that year.  That was a luxury I couldn’t afford to indulge, except on special occasions.

1960–Reviewing stand

The last photo shows the reviewing stand near Central Avenue.  Did the stand remind me of Soviet leaders watching the tanks rumble through Red Square on May Day?  And who are the dignitaries in the photo?  Mayor Daley Senior and his crew, maybe?

If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.


6 Responses to “Belmont-Central Celebration”

  1. 1 Kirk Mellish March 25, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Just my opinion of course, but I would rule out the 4th of July as all of the people in all photos seem to be dressed for a cool or chilly day. Maybe Memorial Day or Armed Forces Day or Veterans Day. Fuzzy photo but one guy does look like Mayor Daley and one guy looks like JFK. Maybe just after election or maybe a campaign event prior?

  2. 3 Beth Johnson March 25, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Did a browse of the Trib archives. The Thursday, April 7 edition, page 91, reported that there would be a parade sponsored by the Belmont-Central Chamber of Commerce, 2 hours long with 101 units and a reviewing stand at Belmont and Central on the following Sunday.

  3. 4 Benjamin Recchie March 25, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Weather Underground says Chicago’s weather on Sunday, April 10, 1960, was fair, with a high of 48 degrees. That would seem to match generally with the weather in the photos and the clothes the people were wearing. (That’s only circumstantial evidence for that date, of course.)

    For what it’s worth, it looks like this was Palm Sunday, as well.

  4. 5 MIKE June 9, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Wasn’t there a shoe store somewhere in that area called DeWiit’s?

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