American Legion Parades of Yore



Today, the average upstanding citizen is a pale shadow of his or her riotous ancestors. We don't drink as much or smoke as much or act goofy in public as much (despite the roll call of weird behaviors as collected by our Fearless Leader, Chuck.)

Look at this boring clip of a contemporary American Legion parade from last year.

Then view this account from 1947, when randy old codger Legionnaires rode bucking ATVs through the streets, poured water from hotel windows, and shocked innocent women with cattle prods (probably the very ones sold through Johnson Smith catalogs, as shown earlier on WU).

Now, answer truly: which era would you rather live in?

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     Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 27, 2012
     Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations | Hobbies and DIY | Parades and Festivals | 1940s | Pranks





Comments
I had coffee with a Shriner this AM and we concluded that the most important thing they did was ride mini-scooters and go-karts in parades around the US.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/27/12 at 10:46 AM
I thought the Shriners raised money for children's hospitals?
As to the Parade antics of yore, check out the bottom right corner of page 31 in the link! "Trapped Legionnaire hemmed in by crowd of new yorkers,gets a robust kick in the pants from an aroused lady.He had just given her a shock with his electric suitcase." If they tried that kind of crap today I bet the "ladies" would reply to this harassment with pepper spray!! :lol:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 01/27/12 at 12:23 PM
Shriners help burn victims, especially children. I do not think that is the only thing but I know that one because they helped us when my sister scalded herself with a pot of coffee as a small child. They also have the circus shows for charity. Good bunch of guys.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/27/12 at 12:52 PM
We just buried my uncle who was in the Army in the '50s. The American Legion showed up in surprising numbers to give him full military honors. They made all the arrangements and did a really nice job. I must say I did not see any cattle prods or squirt guns. I guess they've grown up a little over the years?
Posted by Dave Hanford on 01/27/12 at 11:52 PM
Dave, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your uncle.
What a blessing it is that the American Legion was there for you and your family in your time of need. There is a time for fun and silliness and a time to be serious, although I doubt their fun involves cattle prods anymore.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/28/12 at 01:26 AM
I'm happier living in a time where all people have the right to vote and black people aren't treated as second class citizens.
Posted by dumbledoor on 01/30/12 at 04:40 AM
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