Chicago’s 1960 Torchlight Parade

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With only five days left until the Presidential election, former Mayor Richard J. Daley introduced John F. Kennedy, “the Irish Prince,” to a sold-out audience following a Torchlight Parade on November 4, 1960.

Decorated floats from Chicago’s ward organizations led the way down Madison Street west to the old Chicago Stadium where Kennedy would give his speech. Crowds followed on the cool and rainy night, carried by the energy of a host of marching bands.

People of all ages were in attendance, from college students proudly wearing their political buttons reading, “If I was 21 I’d vote for Kennedy,” to … Full Story