The library has a large collection of photographs of this parade as well as the archives of the committee that planned the parade. View the entire collection.
Following the end of the Lawrence textile Strike of 1912, the Industrial Workers of the World orchestrated a demonstration throughout the streets of the city proclaiming “No God, No Master!” The story was that demonstrators trampled the American flag. The city answered the IWW with its own public display of faith and patriotism. The first God and Country Parade was called the Flag Day parade and took place on Columbus Day (October 12, 1912) of that fall proclaiming the theme “For God and Country!” 32,000 people participated on that rainy October day.
50 years later the city reaffirmed their patriotism and fear of God in an anniversary parade. On September 23, 1962 200,000 watched and 25,000 participated The parade included floats, marching bands, military, school, church, and fraternal groups, politicians and civic organizations.