Philadelphia, PA Grand Stand Collapse, June 1936


200 Are Hurled Into Surging
Crowd Watching Mummers'
March in Philadelphia


Mishap Comes Near Climax
of Revel When Texas Girl Is
Crowned 'Convention Queen'

PHILADELPHIA, June 25 — A 100-
foot section of grand stand on the
park-way collapsed tonight, injuring
fifty persons, while one of the
largest and most boisterous crowds
in Philadelphia's history struggled
to see a combined Mummers' revel,
military parade and mardi gras
given for Democratic National Convention
The accident, in -which more than
200 spectators were thrown to the
ground amid splintered boards; occurred
when candidates for election
as "Queen of the Convention"
were starting down the Parkway
on palm-decorated floats before
the arrival of the paraders.
An hour and a half later, after
riot calls had sent hundreds of
policemen into action to control
the shouting throngs, Miss Marion
Fore, candidate from Texas, was
chosen by a group of women
judges as the convention queen.
Upon the head of the 20-year-old
graduate of the University of Texas
Mayor S. Davis Wilson put a crown
of silver glittering with red and blue
gems. For a long time she sat upon
an oaken throne under the Washington
statue, presiding over a
fairyland of Mummers and tens of
thousands of cheering spectators.
Mayor Wilson also presented a
loving cup to the convention queen,
who is the daughter of Sam Fore
Jr. of Floresville, Texas, a publisher
of several newspapers.
The Mayor gave smaller cups to
Miss Mary Jane McCloskey of
Pennsylvania, daughter of Matthew
H. McCloskey, co-leader of the
Philadelphia Democratic organization,
and Miss Corinne Neely of
West Virginia, daughter of Senator
M. M. Neely.
Police officials said that they had
never been confronted with so large
and unruly a crowd, over a mile and
a half of central city streets.

June 26, 1936 edition of The New York Times