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America on Parade (AOP) was a temporary replacement for Disneyland's and the Magic Kingdom's Main Street Electrical Parade (MSEP) for the United States Bicentennial.

Like the Main Street Electrical Parade, it was created under the direction of Disneyland's Director of Entertainment, Bob Jani. The first run was in the summer of 1975, and the parade was originally designed to run through 1977, to commemorate the United States Bicentennial. Where the MSEP ran twice nightly, AOP ran once during the afternoon and again just prior to the nightly fireworks display. It traveled the full length of Disneyland from it's a small world to Town Square at the beginning of Main Street, U.S.A..

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The Sherman Brothers, who had left Disney Studios to work for independent film companies, were asked to write a special song for the American Bicentennial. The song was called "The Glorious Fourth" and was performed as a part of AOP.

The parade also featured synchronized music, to which performers danced set routines created by Disneyland choreographers (Barnett Ricci and Marilyn Magness). Each of the parade performers sported costumes appropriate to the float around which they danced, as well as enormous heads fixed on a custom-built apparatus for support, with the performer looking through the neck, giving the parade a carnival appearance.

The parade's soundtrack was Don Dorsey's first project for Disney. He used synthesizers and antique carousel organs to create the soundtrack. During the parade's run, Dorsey conceptualized a system which Disney would use to develop a computer controlled system called "Mickey Track" that would control the parade's music from 1980 on.

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