Parade (TV series)
|Written by||Saul Ilson|
|Directed by||Bill Davis|
|Presented by||Bill Walker|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||4|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||CBC Television|
|Original release||9 July 1959 –|
25 June 1964
Parade was created as an open-format entertainment series which covered most music styles and included comedy performances. Sometimes an episode would focus on one particular performer, while another episode could feature various entertainers under a particular theme.
The series featured Canadian artists such as the Canadian Opera Company, Maynard Ferguson, Oscar Peterson, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Billy Van Four. Featured international performers included Ernestine Anderson, Pete Seeger and Jonathan Winters. Wayne and Shuster provided their interpretation of James Thurber's Many Moons in a 1963 episode. The "Sing, Sing, Sing" episodes of Parade were recurring occasions which featured Pat Hervey and the Gino Silvi Singers leading a sing-along, supplemented by dance performances from a troupe choreographed by Alan Lund supported by an orchestra led by Bert Niosi.
In early 1962, Parade was ranked Canada's 17th most popular series according to national ratings by Elliott-Haynes.
This half-hour series was broadcast as follows (times in Eastern):
|Thursdays||8:00 p.m.||9 July to 17 September 1959|
|Tuesdays||9:30 p.m.||19 July to 20 September 1960|
|Thursdays||9:30 p.m.||13 July to 7 September 1961|
|Sundays||7:30 p.m.||17 September 1961 to 24 June 1962|
|Wednesdays||8:30 p.m.||4 July to 19 September 1962|
|Wednesdays||8:30 p.m.||26 September 1962 to 3 July 1963|
|Thursdays||9:30 p.m.||26 September 1963 to 25 June 1964|
The episodes from July to September 1962 were rebroadcasts from the two previous seasons.
The series was cancelled after 1964 due to reported reductions in CBC's variety budget. Norman Sedawie, Parade's producer, then left CBC for work in America.
- Rutherford, Paul (1990). When Television Was Young: Primetime Canada 1952–1967. University of Toronto Press. p. 194. ISBN 0-8020-5830-2.
- Corcelli, John (April 2002). "Parade". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Rutherford, Paul (1990). When Television Was Young: Primetime Canada 1952–1967. University of Toronto Press. p. 202. ISBN 0-8020-5830-2.
- Rutherford, Paul (1990). When Television Was Young: Primetime Canada 1952–1967. University of Toronto Press. p. 217. ISBN 0-8020-5830-2. In turn referenced Toronto Star, 13 May 1964.