Photograph of a crowd of people at Brookside Park attending an all-day homecoming picnic for John Steven McGroarty, poet laureate of California and member of Congress. The people are seated as they listen to McGroarty, who also talked about the Townsend old-age pension plan.
The camera pans up slightly towards John Steven McGroatry, who stands behind a microphone at center. He stands facing towards the left as he delivers a speech during his and Burr McIntosh's joint birthday party in Norco. Attendees sit in a loose row behind him and face towards camera. Trees occupy the background.
John S. McGroarty (front row, 3rd from right) in a group portrait actors and musicians in Spanish style costumes. The performers are probably cast member of the Mission Play, a historical pageant written by McGroarty.