Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts. After the astronauts’ return to earth, Chicago honored them with a parade downtown.
As many as two million spectators may have witnessed it, according to Police Superintendent James B. Conlisk.
Michael Kilian and John MacLean, of the Chicago Tribune, described the parade:
It was more than a parade, it was glory. The brilliant blue sky was filled with ticker tape that seemed without source, streets and avenues were no longer thorofares [sic] but masses of humanity, and the cheers, the sirens, the ringing bells created so great a din that no other sound could be heard.
Michael Kilian and John Maclean, “Wild Acclaim for Heroes,” Chicago Tribune, August 14, 1969, p. N1.