Lexington Parade, 1930 (videorecording)
Virginia -- Rockbridge County
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Please click the URI above (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-_8JbVXR_M&list=UUuk-C6xs5va-7dOxf524Vfw) to watch this video.The video is black and white (not color) and silent. The original film was created in 1930. The sign above the road in front of the theater tells us that the parade was held to celebrate Warner Brothers Silver Anniversary.The video starts with men in uniform entering Main Street, single file. It is believed that this is the Virginia Military Institute civilian band. (Following World War II, the civilian band was replaced by a cadet band.) In the opening sequence, Trinity United Methodist Church is visible in the background. The parade footage begins with a band (presumably the VMI civilian band), then a group of similarly attired men without instruments, followed by a series of vehicles. There are two fire trucks with the second one carrying a banner for "Warner Bros. Silver Anniversary. The camera pans over parade watchers in front of the Lexington Presbyterian Church on Main Street. The film cuts and then resumes with a shot of the band walking back up Main Street. This is followed by footage of traffic and parade watchers. The film then focuses on the movie theater. The movie showing was Shadow of the Law with William Powell. The film closes with a banner across Main Street: ("Warner Bros. Silver Anniversary, August 1st to August 31st, 1930") and fireworks.