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Five Texans haul a Texas bass drum—
the world’s largest—past the reviewing
stand in yesterday’s Inaugural Parade. The
'I Wouldn't Have Done That for Just Anybody'
Every parade must end at
last, and for many participants
in yesterday’s four-hour inau
gural Parade the end came not
a minute too soon.
“At last! ” cried a numb drum
majorette, as her unit disassem
bled. “I wouldn't have done
that for just anybody.”
No rouge could have painted
her cheeks more red. She bent
to massage her bare legs.
Hopping from a Kentucky
float, another ruddy-faced girl
revealed the scarlet bottom of
long underwear, one of three
sets she was wearing under a
filmy gown.
Vendors Lose
Some concessionnaires along
the route said they lost money.
They openly doubted police
estimates of the crowd size as
1 million persons.
Texas Rebellion
A brief flareup in the Texas
delegation almost disrupted the
Parade officials at the tele
vision control point said the
University of Texas Band was
supposed to precede the South
west Texas State College Band.
But at the assembly point,
it was announced that South
west Lyndon B. Johnson's
alma mater—would precede the
larger University of Texas
This so riled up the Texans
they threatened to withdraw
from the parade unless their
place was restored. After some
discussion, the University of
Texas was allowed to march
ahead of Southwest, and har
mony returned.
Clan Gathers
Only once before in United
States history have both par
ents of a President been alive
when he took office.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P.
Kennedy thus share a distinc
tion with Mr. and Mrs. Jesse
Root Grant, parents of U. S.
Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy gath
ered their excited clan, includ
ing 14 grandchildren, for a buf
fet luncheon at the Mayflower
Hotel after the oath-taking and
before the parade began.
The children got to the hotel
at 12:45 p.m. with their nurses
and romped up and down the
lobby while their uncle, John
F. Kennedy, was being sworn
tin as President. They included
s all seven children of Robert
Kennedy, Attorney General
; designate. Baby Kerry, just one
year old, brought her own
i lunch—a bottle filled with milk.
The other youngsters were
i the three children of Mr. and
Mrs. Sargent Shriver (the for
, mer Eunice Kennedy), the three
children of Mr. and Mrs. Peter
’ Lawford (the former Pat Ken
nedy) and the son of Mr. and
' Mrs. Stephen Smith (the for
! mer Jean Kennedy).
The children ate early and
' left, waving little American
flags and balloons and carry
ing boxes of animal crackers,
to go to a special room at the
Treasury Building to watch
the parade.
'Pneumonia Alley*
They called it “Pneumonia
The alley’s victims had no
place to go. They were the
; hundreds of float passengers
who sat for hours yesterday
with chattering teeth along
Louisiana avenue between Un
ion Station plaza and the point
where floats were fed into the
Inaugural parade at Constitu
tion avenue.
Girl float riders some of them
clad only in the thinnest of cos
tumes had to wait for up to
three hours in freezing winds
while their units inched halt
ingly towards the feed-in point.
, Most of the float passengers
had the impression either that
they were not allowed to dis
mount from their vehicles, or
that they might miss their
floats if they sought shelter in
nearby buildings, almost all of
which were closed to people
without special passes.
Hoover Watches TV
Former President Herbert
i Hoover, in Miami Beach, Fla.,
watched on television yesterday
. as John F. Kennedy filled the
. office Mr. Hoover vacated 29
> years ago.
The 86-year-old former Chief
Executive and a small group
■ of friends saw the inaugural
• event from the living room of
■ a houseboat docked in Miami
■ Beach.
I Mr. Hoover was deeply dis
appointed that he could not at-
1 tend personally, his secretary
i said.
• He made a nobje effort,
i Thursday, the former President
i spent more than an hour
color camera has caught the drummer in
the air, leaping to strike a blow for Texas
and, perhaps, the new Vice President, Lyn-
circling Washington in an Air
Force plane. A blinding snow
storm prevented landing, and
he returned to Miami after a
nine-hour plane ride to no
Mr. Hoover, eager to get
under way on a fishing trip
to the. Florida Keys, had to
ride out choppy seas in the
Miami Beach yacht basin yes
Girl Loses Shoes
At Eleventh street and Penn
sylvania avenue N.W., a mem
ber of the Women’s Air Force,
marching in the Kentucky di
vision, lost her shoes.
As she passed the old Star
building, one shoe came off.
The girl hooked the shoe with
her toe, and, dragging the one
shoe behind her, lost the sec
ond shoe.
Determined not to break
ranks, the girl took both shoes
off and marched down the
street with the shoes in her
Few See Fireworks
So they just sat and shivered
Last night's post-inaugural
fireworks display on the Monu
ment Grounds went as sched
uled but observers were limited
to a hearty few hundred who
stood In snowdrifts to watch
the 23-minute show.
Survivors of the parade, es
timated at 350 persons by the
Park Police, shuffled in the
snow as they witnessed a dis
play similar to the District’s
annual Fourth of July fire
works show.
Galbraith Waits
John Kenneth Galbraith, one
of President Kennedy’s top
economics professor arrived at
his turn yesterday along with
everyone else. The Harvard
economiss professor arrived at
the Lafayette Square review
ing stand while the West Point
cadets were marching by. He
wanted to cross Pennsylvania
avenue to find his seat on
the other side near the review
ing stand, but a Metropolitan
policeman told him he would
have to wait until after the
1,800 cadets had passed by.
Mr. Galbraith Identified him
self as a personal guest of the
President. The officer replied
in a friendly fashion, "We have
many personal guests, Con
gressmen. and Senators, but
they all have to wait.”
Mr. Galbraith waited.
Overshoes Aweigh
The marching midshipmen of
the Naval Academy 3.500
strong—plowed down Pennsyl
vania avenue in faultless ranks,
but left some odd reminders in
their wake.
The middies were equipped
with rubber overshoes but some
of them were apparently over
size. As unit after unit passed,
several dozen odd-sized rubbers
were left behind along the pa
rade route.
Watchful policemen retrieved
the footgear before the next
division hove into sight.
Prayer in House
The Rev. Bernard Braskamp
evoked a memory of Sir Win
ston Churchill in leading the
House of Representatives in a
preinaugural prayer for the
new President and Vice Presi
dent yesterday.
The chaplain recalled that
the former British Prime Min
ister had used Psalm 112, Verse
7, as the text for his address
to the United States Senate on
December 26, 1941:
“He shall not be afraid of
evil tidings: His heart is fixed,
trusting in Jehovah.”
Chaplain Braskamp prayed
that President Kennedy and
Vice President Johnson “will
be inspired daily to seek and
accept the Master's counsel.”
and that they be endowed with
wisdom, understanding and
the sense of justice.
Tearful Farewell
President Kennedy’s servants
bade him a proud but tearful
farewell a few moments before
he left his Georgetown home
to become a resident of the
White House.
The help gathered excitedly
at the foot of the stairs and
shook hands affectionately
with Mr. Kennedy as he was
about to leave.
Someone relieved the tension
by shouting:
“It’s a great day for the
Irish.” •
Mr. Kennedy joined in the
don B. Johnson. The drum and the drum
mers are from the University of Texas.
—Star Color Photo by Glen Leach.
laughter, put on his black over
coat and his silk top hat,
turned, waved a final goodby,
and stepped outside for his
drive to the oath-taking cere
No Goose Pimples
A pretty girl on the Mis
sissippi State float, clad in a
low-back evening dress, waved
and smiled to admirers all
along the parade route as
though it was a sunny day in
June. She wore no wrap—and
did not exhibit any goose
pimples. The temperature was
Parade Casualties
Parade “casualties” totaled
160. Os these, 113 cases were
handled at first aid stations
and the remaining 47 by ambu
lance crews.
Os the 160 total, several dozen
were treated at hospitals but
only eight were admitted.
The eight hospital cases were
an epileptic, a stroke, four heart
cases, a leg injury and a knee
The other casualties were for
such ailments as exposure, se
vere headaches and fatigue.
Exhaust fumes from an Army
175 mm. self - propelled gun
felled an 11-year-old boy who
was standing by the weapon at
Louisiana and Constitution
avenues N.W.
The boy. Vincent P. Tucker,
of 4615 Seventeenth street N.E.,
was given first aid at the scene
by the crew of an Air Force
ambulance. He was unconscious
briefly, but was quickly revived.
Religious Touch
On the Capitol grounds, a
young man with an evangelist’s
fervid eye roamed among the
spectators. Coatless, hatless and
tieless, he moved through the
crowd all afternoon shouting
“Jesus Saves,” and handing out
religious literature.
Private Party
A sixth Inaugural Ball, with
a twist of lemon, was held last
night m Dumbarton street
N.W., only a few block from
the Kennedys’ Georgetown
home last night.
It was attended by persons
who had been invited to the
official balls, had sent in their
money, had failed to receive
tickets in the mail and had
given up after fighting the
crowds at the ticket offices.
All had stopped payment on
their checks for the ball tickets.
Whie House Cake
Mrs. Marvel Campbell of
Winston-Salem. N. C., sent an
other one of her cakes to Wash
ington yesterday, a 150-pound,
5-foot-long creation destined
for the White House.
The cake, in the form of an
open book, bore the words
"This Is Your Life. Jackie and
John” on one page and "The
Best is Yet to Be” on the other.
Mrs. Campbell, a caterer, has
baked similar cakes for former
Presidents Truman and Eisen
hower, Queen Elizabeth and
Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
Warm Underwear
The waterfall on the Tennes
see float in the parade froze
and the Governor’s daughter
wore his insulated underwear.
Riding atop the Tennessee
float, pretty Ann Ellington
stayed warm in the freezing
weather by wearing underneath
her evening gown the under
wear her father, Gov. Buford
Ellington, wears on hunting
The float, which stressed
TVA electricity and atoms for
peace, was supposed to have a
waterfall but it was a victim
of the weather.
Kennedy Will Try
To Keep a Pledge
21 (AP).—President Kennedy
has assured the local citizenry
that he will speak at Green
brier High School's commence
ment program this year if he’s
not too busy at that time.
He sent this telegram this
week in reply to a letter from
”, . . It is difficult at this
time to anticipate the respon
sibilities that might be con
fronting me at that moment,
but you may be assured I will
make every effort to be there.”
Mr. Kennedy first said he
would return here for com
mencement—if he was elected
—during the campaign.
Kennedy Honors
Parade Tail-End
Bt»r Staff Writer
Between the sun of afternoon and the street lights of
dusk were four hours of floats, drum majors, one buffalo, one
PT boat and no one knows how many versions of “The Stars
and Stripes Forever” as all the Nation passed in review before
Its new President yesterday.
Below-freezing temperatures brought money to coffee ven-
dors and a patriotic red-white
and-blue shade to the legs of
baton twirlers.
It also cleared out most of
the near-million crowd before
the parade was half over.
Spectators who stayed had
the resilience of the last bands
men, who seemed louder and
snappier than others, although
barely visible outside the
lightened glow of the reviewing
At 6:10 p.m., two minutes
before the end, the remaining
crowd of kids, mothers, fathers
apd dogs huddled with the
press ‘directly opposite the
stand, squinting at the shadow
who could be President John
F. Kennedy or his brother
Bobby or both. It turned out
to be both.
Call for Speech
And then it was over and
everyone streamed past the
wall of Secret Service men and
policemen to cross the street
and stand in front of the
President. They clamored
"speech, speech” and sang
“For He’s a Jolly Good Fel
Mr. Kennedy seemed flat
tered, pleased and glad that
someone else had stayed to the
end. But since there was no
mike he waved his hands,
smiled and turned toward the
car that would take him
through the gates to his new
white home on 1600 Pennsyl
vania Avenue.
In an inaugural week of
marathons and endurance
tests—the long Gala, the long
storm—the parade fell right in
line, but it was a handsome
thing and Mr. Kennedy seemed
to enjoy every minute of it.
Standing in the heated box,
he handled the uncustomary
topper well, doffing it to Gov
ernors, flags, bands, soldiers.
Only occasionally did he brush
at his forehead and familiar
lock of hair as he removed it.
The famous smile, charming
and glistening in the sun,
spread when he saw the Mas
sachusetts Governor, John A.
Volpe, and he shouted greetings
across the frozen air to other
personal friends in the parade.
Catches Each Feature
Although his baek was turned
often to the bone-dry street as
he talked to Adlai Stevenson,
Harry S. Truman, cabinet
members and family, Mr. Ken
nedy almost always managed
to face front when a new band
or float went past.
When from out of the West
came a charging, saddled
buffalo, ridden by a man with
a flowing mane, the President
seemed startled at first and
then delighted. The crowd went
wild and reporters muttered,
“the paper'll never believe this.”
But it was the coming of the
PT boat that brought an urgent
and wistful look to the Presi
dent. He beckoned with his
right hand, which had spent
its time alternately in his
pocket and waving, to the other
reviewing stand inhabitants as
he peered down the street.
He grinned and waved as the
huge float, its top touching
the trees, approached the
stand. The men who had been
his crew in those days, stared
solemnly back.
As the boat continued down
the street. Mr. Kennedy fol
lowed it not only wjth his eyes,
but his head as well and a soft
smile broke as someone in the
boat clanged a bell.
The First Frontier
In a parade that stepped
along, but for a few noticeable
gaps there were Chinese girls
playing "When Irish Eyes are
Smiling,” Indians who proudly
and irrefutably claimed “the
’first’ new frontier,” and an ice
skater twirling on a small rink
on one float.
There were girls in short
skirts and ear muffs and flesh
colored leotards.
There were the glistening but
grim reminders of war—tanks,
soldiers, rockets, a self-propel
ling gun.
There were little boys grimly
fighting the battle of carrying
large signs in strong winds.
There were boy scouts under
a sky of flags and they re
ceived solemn tribute from Mr.
Kennedy, the first boy spout to
ever become President.
No stray dogs ran into the
street yesterday, perhaps it
was because they made good
muffs and wind protectors.
The only stray that got into
the parade was a placard
carrying man who ran in be-
Virgin Islands, AFL-CIO
Get Top Parade Prizes
The Virgin Islands and the
AFL-CIO Communications
Workers were awarded top
prizes for the best floats en
tered in the Inaugural Parade.
They and the other winners
In five divisions of competition
will receive 3 */ 2 - foot - high
bronze and mahogany trophies.
Runners-up will get smaller
but identical trophies. Letters
of acklowledgement will be sent
those given special mention.
Most beautiful float—(1)
Virgin Islands boat, (2) New
Jersey Caroline carriage.
Most original float—(1) AFL
CIO Communications Workers,
(2) Illinois melting pot float.
Special mention for both float
categories—United States Navy
• tween Massachusetts and Texas.
r No one stopped him as he
carried his "Demand Freedom
1 for Poland and Captive Nations
and Stop Communism.”
A half-hour after they
stepped into the reviewing
stand, Mrs. Kennedy left and
i other Kennedys took her place
—Eunice taking pictures with a
movie camera, Mr. Kennedy’s
cousin, Ahne Gardner, a blue
' plaid babusha around her head
which was later tucked into her
' fur coat collar.
Vice President Lyndon John
! son, at home in
a topper instead of his 10-
gallon hat, took a special inter
est in the Texas unit which
claimed “the world’s largest
drum,” banged by an over six
foot drummer who had to jump
off the ground to hit the top
of it.
Stays to End
Lady Bird Johnson, nestled
in a soft fur coat, stayed
gamely to the end, seldom
moving from her front row seat.
A white-coated waiter brought
China cups of coffee and wafers
on a silver tray, quickly downed
by President Kennedy and the
group. Once Mr. Kennedy set
his empty cup on the front rail
of the stand. There it remained
to watch the rest of the parade.
Some of the aura of Home
coming football games, so fam
iliar to the Kennedys, sur
rounded the parade. They sat
on red pillows and draped
blankets around themselves and
ran up and down steps to shake
hands and some jiggled up and
down in time with the music
and to keep their feet warm.
A loud laugh rippled through
the crowd just before the pa
rade began when a bus labeled
“Kennedy family” hurried past.
A bystander said “there are al
most as many of them as there
are floats.”
Edward R. Murrow, black
homburg on straight, black
shoes glistening, contrasted to
the photographers, looking like
fugitives from PX stores in
their warm Army surplus
clothing, as they all arrived in
front of the reviewing stand si
the same time.
Parade Comes
Told he could hurdle the wall
to get to the TV stand, Mr.
Murrow said “I’m a little too
old for that,” looked at the
crowd and decided that was too
much to battle, scaled the wall
Then came the parade.
! There were few cheers for the
. cabinet members, except for
, Adlai Stevenson, peering out of
a small grey convertible, and
exuberantly waving Bobby
. Kennedy.
They all rather jovially took
' their places in the stands a
' little after 3 pro. By 5:30,
1 they had almost all quietly
disappeared. Attendants were
picking up pillows and blan
kets. The bleachers lining that
side of the street were as de
serted as though it were the
day after the parade.
Everyone who stayed became
folksy, joking. When Mr. Ken
nedy looked directly across the
street, an out-of-town photog
rapher waved and shouted,
"I’m at the Statler!”
Mr. Kennedy, Lyndon John
son and Orville Freeman tried
on each other’s top hats.
"Look at them stay.” marveled
a parade official. “They fought
everything to get here. I re
member when he gave a speech
as a Congressman in a little
town in Massachusetts and he
didn’t draw 30 people.”
This is a memory that won’t
be repeated for the next four
At his first parade as Presi
dent, the young, calm, poised
man firmly established his pop
ularity with the masses.
People had a free and easy
identification with him. As a
quarter moon looked down on
, Pennsylvania avenue and the
, crowd trudged away, more than
one called, "Good night, Jack.”
, Business Boomed
Storekeepers along the pa
■ rade route who kept open in
; anticipation of heavy business
[ had heavy attendance all right,
but the spending was negligible.
> Most of the crowds jamming
the stores were seeking refuge
from the biting north wind.
and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Musical bands—(l) Virginia
Polytechnic Institute. (2) South
Hagerstown High School Band,
Hagerstown, Md. Special men
tion —University of Texas.
Drum and bugle corps—(l)
Gardner Guards of Tyrone, Pa.,
(2) St. Vincent’s of Bayonne,
N. J. Special mention—lm
maculate Conception of Revere,
Marching units—(l) Virginia
Military Institute, (2) Culver
Military Academy "Black Horse
Troop” of Indiana. Special
mention—Johns Hopkins Uni
versity "Pershing Rifles.”
Military units were excluded
from the judging for first and
second as "professional" groups.

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