• A political rally held in Gateway Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1915. Courtesy of the Hennepin County Library via Minnesota Digital Library.

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    Speaker at Gateway Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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    • Speaker at political rally in Gateway Park in 1915.
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  • A parade around the Plaza of Los Angeles, 1927. Courtesy of the California Historical Society via University of Southern California Libraries.

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    Parade near the Lugo House and around the Plaza of Los Angeles, ca. 1927
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    • 1926
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    • Photograph of a parade in the circular road around the Lugo House and on the west side of the Los Angeles Plaza, ca.1927. The small parade, possibly religious in nature, is made up of three horsemen on dark animals and a handful of pedestrians, inclu... more
      Photograph of a parade in the circular road around the Lugo House and on the west side of the Los Angeles Plaza, ca.1927. The small parade, possibly religious in nature, is made up of three horsemen on dark animals and a handful of pedestrians, including one holding a tall rectangular banner. The narrow road is lined with dense crowds, and the people appear to be dressed for summer. There is a large two-story rectangular building near the side of the road at right, and a park borders the left side of the road. An American flag is flying from the top of a building in the background at center. less
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      Public Domain. Release under the CC BY Attribution license--http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--Credit both “University of Southern California. Libraries” and “California Historical Society” as the source. Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California. Send requests to address or e-mail given. Phone (213) 740-5900; fax (213) 740-2343. USC Libraries Special Collections. Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189. Specol@usc.edu. less
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  • A temporary World War I memorial erected in Loring Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Courtesy of the Hennepin County Library via the Minnesota Digital Library.

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    World War I memorial in Loring Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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    • Temporary memorial erected in Loring Park.
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  • A War Bond Rally held in Chicago's Washington Park to recognize the $263,148.83 in war bonds and stamps purchased by Chicago schoolchildren, ca. 1942.  Here, a girl christens one of the jeeps purchased with those funds.  Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

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    [African American schoolgirl christening one of the jeeps in the War Bond Rally in Washington Park on June 4, Chicago, Illinois.]
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    • 1942 or 1943?
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    • United States. Office of War Information.
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    • Original negative # : 31071 ; Caption on back: "In a special War Bond Campaign which began April 14 and was ended May 12, the public school children of the south-central district of Chicago purchased $263,148.83 in war bond and stamps, enough money t... more
      Original negative # : 31071 ; Caption on back: "In a special War Bond Campaign which began April 14 and was ended May 12, the public school children of the south-central district of Chicago purchased $263,148.83 in war bond and stamps, enough money to buy 125 jeeps, two pursuit planes and a motorcycle; Photo shows one of the jeeps being christened in the War Bond Rally in Washington Park on June 4; Twenty-four public schools participated in the campaign. less
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As publicly-owned land, parks have long been used to stage a wide variety of civic events and activities.

They provide a neutral space for community members to come together for parades, political rallies, and protest marches; for Fourth of July and Memorial Day celebrations; to host visiting dignitaries; and for other elements of a city or region's public life.

Features such as bandstands or amphitheaters can be used for rallies or speeches, boulevards or parkways provide excellent routes for parades, monuments can be a focal point for a memorial or ceremony, and gardens provide lovely backdrops for important photo opportunities. Many parks were designed with an expansive meadow or open space specifically to accommodate large groups of people at such events.