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Nero Fiddled - Kappa Kappa Gamma & Lambda Chi Alpha, Michigras Parade, April 1956

Nero Fiddled - Kappa Kappa Gamma & Lambda Chi Alpha,  Michigras Parade, April 1956 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 21, 1956
Caption
NERO FIDDLES: Floats in yesterday's parade kicking off Michigras, the U-M student carnival given every two years, had musical themes. This one, based on Roman Emperor Nero and his fiddle, drew a lot of attention.

Opus I - Sorosis & Sigma Nu, Michigras Parade, April 1956

Opus I - Sorosis & Sigma Nu,  Michigras Parade, April 1956 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 21, 1956
Caption
CLOWNS SPICE PARADE: Typifying the gay spirits of Michigras were the parade clowns, like this one sprawled on the street to get a worm's eye view of the "cavemen" on an approaching float.

Orchestration Automation - Tyler & Delta Sigma Phi, Michigras Parade, April 1956

Orchestration Automation - Tyler & Delta Sigma Phi, Michigras Parade, April 1956 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 21, 1956
Caption
AUTOMATED MUSIC: Living musical "instruments" decorated this Michigras Parade float which has "orchestration automation" as its theme. Forty floats, 12 bands, horses, clowns and other novelties made up the line of march, which took about an hour to pass by any given point.

Rub-a-dub-dub - Couzens & Lloyd, Michigras Parade, April 1956

Rub-a-dub-dub - Couzens & Lloyd,  Michigras Parade, April 1956 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 21, 1956
Caption
OFF-BEAT ENTRY: This "float" ignored the musical theme, while its occupants devoted themselves to having a real good time. They at least were comfortable on the clear but decidedly cool day.

Blow, Gabriel, Blow - Angell & Taylor, Michigras Parade, April 1956

Blow, Gabriel, Blow - Angell & Taylor,  Michigras Parade, April 1956 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 21, 1956
Caption
GABRIEL BLOWS: The angel Gabriel and his trumpet provided the inspiration for this Michigras float. This and most of the other floats used hundreds of colored napkins to obtain a floral effect.

Mickey & Minnie Mouse Rock and Roll - Chi Phi & Kappa Delta, Michigras Parade, April 1956

Mickey & Minnie Mouse Rock and Roll -  Chi Phi & Kappa Delta, Michigras Parade, April 1956 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 21, 1956
Caption
MOUSE AN SPOUSE MAKE BIG HIT: This float featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse made an especially big hit with the small fry. The mouse figures were mounted on turntables for animation.

And He Called For His Fiddlers Three - Cook & Alpha Sigma Phi, Michigras Parade, April 1956

And He Called For His Fiddlers Three - Cook & Alpha Sigma Phi,  Michigras Parade, April 1956 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 21, 1956
Caption
NURSERY RHYME BROUGHT TO LIFE: Gay costumes and huge papier mache heads featured this float depicting Old King Cole and his fiddlers Three, traditional nursery rhyme characters.

"Christmas Family" float, sponsored by Erickson Elementary School, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957

"Christmas Family" float, sponsored by Erickson Elementary School, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 5, 1957
Caption
'NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS': This group of Erickson Elementary School pupils named their float "Christmas Family," and patterned it around Christmas Eve in the home. The "father" appears to be reading "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" for his "family," gathered around the decorated tree in front of a fireplace.

"Santa's Workshop" float, sponsored by Willow Village's Edmonton Junior and Senior High Schools, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957

"Santa's Workshop" float, sponsored by Willow Village's Edmonton Junior and Senior High Schools, Ypsilanti Christmas parade, December 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 5, 1957
Caption
'SANTA'S WORKSHOP' DEPICTED: Edmonton Junior and Senior High Schools from Willow Village entetered this float, based on "Santa's Workshop." Six youngsters busily occupied themselves during the parade as elves working on Christmas toys. The traditional parade was sponsored by Ypsilanti area schools and churches and the Board of Commerce.