News and Commentary about the City of Hudson, New York
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Right War, Wrong Parade
On Sunday, I identified this photograph as one taken during the Monster Street Parade that took place on September 9, 1919, as part of the Welcome Home Celebration after World War I. A reader corrected me. The picture does not show the parade that celebrated the return of the soldiers after the Great War; instead it shows a parade that happened around the time the United States entered the war in 1917.
According to my source, what is being rolled down Union Street in this picture is the "Victory Ball," which was rolled all the way from Buffalo to New York City in 1917 to encourage citizens to support U.S. involvement in the war by buying Liberty Bonds. When the ball rolled through cities and villages along the way, it was the occasion for a parade.
This blog takes its name from the 1850 novel by Hudson author Alice B. Neal. The original Gossips of Rivertown cast a gimlet eye on Hudson society in the mid-19th century. More than a century and a half later, the new Gossips carries on the spirit of the original, but in a different genre and with a different focus.