Florida Folk Festival 1955

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  • 1955

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  • 18:30; B&W; silent; V-198; flca006; S.1579; Media 1979-23


  • This film starts with scenes from Eleanor Phillips Barne's pageant, "Old Saint Augustine," a history of Spanish Florida acted out by local actors dressed in period costumes. More Florida Folk Festival scenes follow, including dancers, choirs, storytellers and musicians. A troupe of Jacksonville school children perform the pageant "River of May" dressed as conquistadors, pirates and American Indians. Three men march onstage with the Confederate flag, followed by female and male Navy enlistees. Native Floridian Verena Fogel performs a hula dance to music by Wally Lono and the Hawaiian Stringband. A tap dance group demonstrates their craft, with some dressed as flappers. The Alachua County Boy Scouts, dressed as "Indians," dance in front of the Stephen Foster Museum before joining representatives of the Florida Seminoles onstage. Produced by the Stephen Foster Memorial Commission.

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