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Synopsis: Pirates Take Tampa Again In Annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival, 1940 New Orleans Mardi Gras, Fishing Boats Returned To Boston Covered In Ice, Honeymoon Island Florida Being Built For Romance, Keel Laying Ceremony For Battleship USS Alabama, Coast Guard Cutter Duane Take Mid-Atlantic Weather Readings, Annual Silver Speed Skaters At Madison Square Garden, Sub-Zero Thrills For Dog Sled Race, Model Speed Boat Tested In Tank, Ladies Day And Race Horses At Agua Caliente Racetrack, Diving Stars In Gala Review With Mermaids, Mexico And Texas Join To Celebrate The Charro Festival...(read more)

  • Date: 1940
  • Duration: 00:09:13
  • Sound: No
  • Color: Monochrome
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: United States, Mexico

Newsreels 1940 February 9

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Pirates Take Tampa Again In Annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival

Scenes of the The Gasparilla Pirate Festival and parade; an annual celebration held in Tampa Florida in late January or early February and hosted by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (YMKG) and the City of Tampa. Inspired by the Legend of Pirate Jose Gaspar, YMKG was founded in 1904 as an organization dedicated to enriching the vitality and imagination of Tampa and the surrounding community.

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1940 New Orleans Mardi Gras

The Southland’s annual pre-Lenten carnival in New Orleans, Louisiana comes to a brilliant climax as hundreds of thousands line the route of the spectacular Rex Parade on Mardi Gras Day, a symphony of colorful floats and unending pageantry.

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Fishing Boats Returned To Boston Covered In Ice

Fish for lent. Fishing trawlers, home after two weeks off the Grand Banks, and covered from stem to stern with ice, unload their cargo of fish. Shows dozens of workers filleting fish.

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Honeymoon Island Florida Being Built For Romance

Nearing completion on a small island in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Florida is the ideal spot for honeymooners. Thatched “love nest” cottages are being built, and soon the spot will be a mecca of romance under tropical skies. The pioneers called it Hog Island, but it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when New York developer, Clinton Washburn, purchased the island with plans to build 50-palm thatched bungalows for Honeymooners.

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Keel-Laying Ceremony For Battleship USS Alabama

High Government and Navy officials take part in the keel-laying ceremonies, at the Norfolk Navy Yard, of the new 35,000 ton battle wagon. The battleship U.S.S. Alabama to be completed in 1944 at a cost of $70,000,000.

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Coast Guard Cutter Duane Take Mid-Atlantic Weather Readings

The Coast Guard cutter “Duane,” (earlier known as the USCGC William J. Duane), under Capt. Cornell, sails from Staten Island, New York to report on weather conditions in mid-Atlantic. Intricate equipment for meteorological studies is tested before leaving.

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Annual Silver Speed Skaters At Madison Square Garden

15,000 fans jam Madison Square Garden in New York City for the annual Silver Speed Skaters; an spectacular exhibition of speed racing by youngsters and grown-ups. Plenty of spills en-route, but new records set at the tape.

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Sub-Zero Thrills For Dog Sled Race

Plenty of sub-zero thrills as thirty sled dog teams get away in the New England sled dog race in North Conway, N.H. William L. “Bill” Shearer, of the Foxstand Kennels, brings his sled dog team home first in 1 hr., 18 sec., with Mrs. Milton Seeley, of the Chinook Kennels, second.

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Model Speed Boat Tested In Tank

It’s down to sea in ships in Chicago. Detailed model speed boats with home-made gas engines that would thrill any boy from six to sixty. The Navy Pier is the launching spot for the tiny speedboats and boy how they can skip.

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Ladies Day And Race Horses At Agua Caliente Racetrack

It’s Ladies Day at the famous horse race track, with a bevy of pretty jockeys “up” for the Coronado Town Plate running. Plenty of primping first, but then the gals go to town! Anna Lee Wiley wins in a walk. Scenes of women jockeys.

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Diving Stars In Gala Review With Mermaids

Sensational high-board diving by U.S. champs, and colorful formation swimming by pretty mermaids highlight the Miami Biltmore aquatic pageant in Coral Gables, Florida. A spectacle of beauty and thrills!

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Mexico And Texas Join To Celebrate The Charro Festival

Scenes of The Charro Festival, a two-nation Fiesta and annual four-day pre-Lenten celebration held in Brownsville, Texas in cooperation with Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

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