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Pageant of America - 1940 Sun Carnival

C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department, University of Texas at El Paso Library

Silent | 1939

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  •  "The Coronation of the Queen: Her Majesty Queen Jean of the House of Miller." Local pageant queen poses with American flag and is later lead to her throne on the pageant stage.  
  •  Other women and/or princesses take their turns bowing to Queen Jean and to the audience.  
  •  Footage of an equestrian competition. 
  •  Chamber of Commerce parade float awaits its procession. Queen Jean and the other women of the court are dressed in white on top of the flowery pink float.  
  •  "Parade of History" procession begin complete with men in uniform, marching bands, flag bearers, and baton twirlers. 
  •  "Voyage of Columbus" float.  
  •  "Knights of Columbus" float.  
  •  The Lions' Club "Civilization of the Incas" float.  
  •  Close-up of talented female baton twirler. 
  •  Kiwanis Club "Native American Indians" float. 
  •  Alamogordo's "Cabeza de Vaca" float.  
  •  "Coronado" float.  
  •  "Acoma" float.  
  •  Marfa, Texas "A Cowboy's Dream" float.  
  •  Hotel Cortez's "Washington at Valley Forge" float.  
  •  "Betsy Ross" float. 
  •  "July 4, 1776" float.  
  •  "The Minuet at the White House" float.  
  •  Hotel Paso del Norte's "Cap't. Kidd" float. 
  •  Sears Roebuck's "Pioneers of America" float.  
  •  Purity Baking Co.'s "Alexander Scott Key" float.  
  •  El Paso National Park's "Our Capitol" float. 
  •  El Paso Electric Company's "Eli Whitney" float.  
  •  State National Bank's "Clermont Steam Boat" float.  
  •  Magnolia Coca Cola Bottling Co.'s "Westward Ho! 1849" float. 
  •  The Texas Co.'s "Discovery of Gold" float.  
  •  Telephone Co.'s "Alexander Graham Bell" float.  
  •  Prices Milk's "Hail Columbia" float.  
  •  Texas Cities Gas Co.'s "First American City Lighted by Gas" float.  
  •  "The Old South" float. 
  •  American Red Cross's "Clara Barton" float.  
  •  "Booker T. Washington" float.  
  •  "Will Rogers" float.  
  •  "Radio" float.  
 
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Since 1936, the New Year in El Paso has been rung in by the Sun Carnival Parade and Sun Bowl football game. While the main focus is on the parade and Sunbowl football game, the Sun Carnival encompasses a host of civic and sporting events that includes pageants and balls, and tennis and basketball tournaments. This promotional film, presented by the Southwest Sun Carnival Association, highlights the 1940 festival, including footage of the pageant and parade that had a "Pageant of America" theme, as well as the Arizona State vs. Catholic University football game.
Sun Carnival
photography
Louis V. Olson
Southwestern Sun Carnival Association
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