Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Very Merry Christmas Parade Part 1

One of the traditions at Disneyland is the annual Candlelight Procession and the reading of the First Christmas. In this undated photograph, Ross Martin who was known as Artemus Gordon from Wild, Wild West was the star to read the First Christmas. Does anyone know the year Mr. Martin was the narrator?

From the same year are these two stills of the parade. First up is the Candy Shop with the Fairy Godmothers leading the float.

The second still is of Mickey Mouse leading the parade in an 1890's style landau with a driver straight out of Dickens.


Katella Gate said...

It looks like Ross Martin is reading a death sentence rather than a Christmas story.

Christopher said...

According to a rather thorough list posted on another site, Ross Martin only narrated the WDW-MK 1978 ceremony.

(Not a definative answer, but might be helpful info)

TokyoMagic! said...

The parade debuted in 1977 and by 1980 they were already switching back to "Fantasy On Parade", so I'd say these have to be from '77, '78 or '79.

Looking forward to seeing more of your Very Merry Christmas Parade photos!

Major Pepperidge said...

I remember seeing Ross Martin at the Farmer's Market when I was a kid!