New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Wednesday, July 24, 2024
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1903 United Confederate Veterans Reunion

From May 19-22, 1903, New Orleans hosted a huge reunion of the United Confederate Veterans, culminating in a grand parade on May 22 along the city streets. The line of old soldiers, shown here on St. Charles Avenue, stretched for six miles, the parade took more than two hours to pass a given point, and it attracted a crowd, the Times-Picayune said, larger than the numbers that turned out for Carnival. The newspapers for the week are filled with reports of the veterans' doings--parties, dinners, meetings, speeches, and, of course, the grand parade. Even in 1903, New Orleans knew how to entertain conventioneers. [Louisiana Photograph Collection. Alexander Allison Collection]

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