As a wise man once wrote: “Film archivists see so much footage of parades that they can quickly lose their novelty.”
What can I say? I’m a film archivist, and it’s footage of a parade.
But to be fair, there are some really clever and creative floats on display here. A lot of thought has gone into the design of the civic and corporate entries. And the film provides a glimpse of Canada’s beloved marathon swimmer, Marilyn Bell, riding on a very snazzy car.
It was Vancouver’s first opportunity to host the Grey Cup — although the Edmonton Eskimos and the Montreal Alouettes were the the clashing titans in 1955.
In keeping with the time of year, Santa Claus puts in an appearance. And look — his elves are riding on outriggers, which are shaped like footballs!
This footage was shot by Vancouver photographer and filmmaker Thomas W. Whitefoot (1891-1986). To see descriptions of other Whitefoot films and footage in the BC Archives film collection at the RBCM, click here.