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June 17, 1972 – The Main Street Electrical Parade Begins its Run in Disneyland

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“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Disneyland proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination, in thousands of sparkling lights, and electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds: the Main Street Electrical Parade!”

On June 17, 1972, the Main Street Electrical Parade began its run in Disneyland. Originally a summer parade, the lights were dimmed throughout the park as a half a million tiny lights on floats traveled from “it’s a small world” down Main Street to the Town Square. Synthesizer music was used for the parade, with the music a variation of a piece called the “Baroque Hoedown,” with well-known Disney songs woven throughout. The parade was replaced in 1975 with the America on Parade celebrating America’s bicentennial, but returned in 1977 with an new version; an “Honor America” float was then added to the parade in 1979. The parade ended its run in Disneyland on November 25, 1996, with huge crowds lining the street to wish it farewell. In 1999, the floats were sent to Walt Disney World in Florida for their version of the parade, but were sent back in 2001, as Disneyland began the parade again through Disney’s California Adventure under the new name Disney’s Electrical Parade. This newer version of the parade ended its run on April 18, 2010, and was once again sent to Walt Disney World, where it currently still runs.

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