The Village Improvement Parade
Souvenir Programme. Springfield: The Author, 1930. Signed by Lindsay and his wife.
Lindsay wrote in this program, "These are pictures I carried across Kansas in 1912 as discussed in Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty and in the poem The Santa Fe Trail. The verses to fit them were written several years later." Lindsay intended the verses to be sung to the tune of "A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight ... only so very much slower." The piece again expresses Lindsay's utopian dream of the regeneration of society through art. As one of the parade's banners states, "Bad public taste is mob-law; good public taste is democracy."