April 30, 1849 (Monday)

Beautiful day.  A very unusual affair took place to-day-something “new under the sun”—which was no less than a fisherman’s parade.  It was about a square in length, and of course very imposing, being composed of fish wagons, &c. in imitation most likely of the “Firemen’s parade,” that is to be tomorrow.  Attended Dr. Baird’s 6th lecture this evening on Italy, which was unusually interesting.

For more information on Dr. Baird’s lectures, see the entry for April 23.

There were approximately twelve fish wagons in the whimsical parade, which the Philadelphia Inquirer, predictably, called a fishy affair.

Fishermen's Parade

Philadelphia Inquirer, May 1, 1849, page 1.

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