Fifty-eight thousand people are expected to be present tonight at the Polo Grounds at the opening performance of “The Romance of a People”. Today, by official proclamation of Mayor O’Brien, is Jewish day, in recognition of the presentation of the pageant.
There will be brief introductory addresses to welcome the audience on behalf of the nation, the state and the city. Nathan Straus, Jr. will open the proceedings and short speeches will be delivered by Senator Robert F. Wagner, who has been delegated to represent President Roosevelt in place of Postmaster James A. Farley, Governor Herbert H. Lehman and Mayor John P. O’Brien. Prior to the pageant a dinner to the notable guests is being given by Mr. Straus at the Plaza Hotel.
A squadron of some thirty planes will leave the North Beach Airport at 5 P.M. today in an aerial celebration of Jewish day. The air armada will fly over City Hall in a gesture of tribute for the designation of September 14th as Jewish day and then will go to the Polo Grounds and circle the huge stage.