Every year from 1919 to 1987, the children from Oakland's elementary and junior high schools performed in the Oakland Christmas Pageant. Louise Jorgensen of the Parks and Recreation Department organized, choreographed and taught each program.

Above, Phyllis Creery, Laverne Jan and Joan Harris play the "Jacks in the Box" in the 1940 pageant at the Oakland Civic Auditorium.

Join us online at www.insidebayarea.com for a slideshow of pageants past.

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