California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Amateur footage of the 1927 or 1928 Fiesta de las Rosas Parade, held in San Jose (Calif.). The Carnival of Roses began in 1896 as an annual tradition of parade floats to celebrate the beauty of the Santa Clara Valley. After a 16-year hiatus, the carnival returned in 1926 as the Fiesta de las Rosas, lasting for three days during the second week of May. The floral parade emphasized California's Spanish heritage, marching down The Alameda in San Jose on a four-mile route, and including sporting competitions and a Fiesta de las Rosas Queen. Film begins with multiple clips of members of a family walking down the sidewalk, coming in and out of their house, generally posing for the camera. At 4:20, the film switches to the parade, featuring floats and marching bands, including Campbell High, Soroptimist Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Olmstead, and the Tacoma Inn in the background. At 7:30, the film returns to scenes of the family outside their home and with their automobile, apparently filming visiting family members.