Historical pageant to celebrate 40 years of progress in South Africa.
Full title reads: "Where in 1886 were but a few native Kraals ... Johannesburg and 300,000 citizens celebrate 40 years progress with historical pageant".
L/S of carnival parade moving down crowd lined streets. People throw streamers at passing floats from upper floor balconies. Top shot of group Black children sitting on float decorated like mud hut. Behind the float a man herds along cattle in pairs. L/S of troop of cow boys on horses and carrying rifles walking in parade. Float passes on which Black and Caucasian workers demonstrate fabric manufacturing processes. Followed by crowd of bare chested Black men dancing.
Intertitle: "Aeroplanes drop birthday greetings from sky where but 40 years only vultures flew".
L/S of aeroplanes flying in formation over parade. More shots procession. Top shot crowds.
Intertitle: "... remember ... since 1910 ... PATHE GAZETTE, the best Empire news".
Various shots of donkey derby through crowded Jo-burg streets. L/S of open air boxing match surrounded by huge crowd. M/S of match; seems light-hearted - both boxers wear paper bags on their heads. More shots carnival floats. L/S of lots of people running about streets - looks like fights are breaking out in distance. L/S aeroplanes flying over domed cathedral. M/S of Viking long ship float. More shots procession.