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Saturday, June 09, 2007

It rained on my parade....

Saturday was the big Grand Floral Parade. This is the biggest of the 3 parades we have here during our Rose Festival. All of the floats are covered in some kind of plant usually many flowers and flower seeds tend to make up the design. It can be really pretty and some places come up with great designs. The first picture is part of the princess float. The one at the top gets crowned as the Queen of Rosaria (portland). Portland is called the city of Roses. The Queen and Princess are chosen from each of the Porltland Metro area High Schools after each school chooses their princess they all have to go together and compete for the title of Queen for a year. It can be kind of a popularity contest though they do have to be inteligent and involved in the community before to actually be chosen as the Queen. There are no swimsuit comptitions here...


Izzaks favorite part are the military portions of the parade. Even the tank they drove through had roses on it!

This is an actual working tank with its crew riding in it there was a very large police presence walking along side of it! Izzak thought that was really cool.

Oregon has a lot of rodeos and there were a lot of horses in the parade from those and the mounted posse's from around the state.

And of course we always have the Anheiser Busch Clydsdale horses! This is always a crowd favorite! I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact people drink a lot of Budweiser here!

There was a circus float also with a Tiger made from flower seeds and a real flame circle the kids really liked that!

This year was the 100 anniversary of the Rose Festival so we had a lot of old fashioned cars and trucks and other older things in the parade this was one of Izzaks favorites. A model T truck.

Of course we leave for the parade about 2 hours early, you have to to make sure you keep your spot. The kids always bring a lotof things to play on here are Izzak and Connor riding on their scooters
A nice grin from Madison who has lost another tooth in front and that would be 5 teeth missing right now! She is a very toothless little girl! She wanted to make sure I posted this picture for her Daddy to see.
And Joshua and Kenzie peeking around their seats during the parade!

We had a good time even with the parade but we were lucky enough to have a tent over us to keep us dry so that helped!

On a side note please go by Melanies blog over at Our Happy Happenings. She has a request of all her readers about a little girl named Emma, who is 2 and is very sick with an uncontrollable high fever. She is lives in Haiti with her parents who are missionaries and they do not live anywhere near a hospital. I know this has to be very stressful for her parents right now.

22 people had something to say:

Beckie said...

Wow, I've always wanted to go to the Rose Festival - I feel like I got to see a bit of it now!

Emma in Canada said...

What a gorgeous parade. Madison looks adorable with all those missing teeth.

min said...

You guys are always out doing exciting things!! I'm so jealous.

la bellina mammina said...

You guys are lucky, even in the rain. The photos are awesome. Am praying for baby Emma.

Steffi said...

Teri,I wished I can send you some sunhine and our hot temperatures!Here we missing the rain and I hope it will be finally a little bit colder!
Very nice pictures of the Rose Festival.Maddie looks really cute with her lost tooth.
My prayings are for baby Emma!

PortraitofPeter said...

Wow, the Rose Festival looks like a superb event, pity about the rain. But a wise decision to arrive early and a canopy to enjoy the day.

I'm with Izzak - luv vintage cars too. Must admit the tank has an appeal too - great for parking anywhere - no one would argue!!

Glad you all had a great day and at least Kelly can see all the wonderful photos and of wee Madison's.

Thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

That is so awesome.

I'm a sucker for a good parade.

Wendy said...

Sorry about the weatehr, but it still looks like a great parade!! Love the previous post as well!! I love lots of pictures!! You are doing a great job of keeping those kiddos busy!! Looks like you are having fun!! How is Kelly's job? Did you get the web cam hooked up? They are not too hard to hook up... I used to use one, so it can't be that complicated!! :)

ChrisB said...

I don't know why I only get half your photos up first time around, what I can see looks fun; when I come back next time I will see the rest. I too, was wondering if you were hooked up to skype yet :)

Ellie said...

Terri, Can I just ask..."when do you sleep?" You are so busy with your children and you still hold down a job and I am sure lots of housework and you are also able to put up such fantastic posts each time! I am sure Kelly enjoys the photos of the kids, as we all do. The floats are always so neat to see how they have been created. You really do it big there by you, don't you? Thanks for sharing..

Blessings,

Ellie

nailgirl said...

Love the pics

Amy W said...

I love the toothless picture!

Kila said...

What a cool parade! My guys would have enjoyed it, too. The toothless photo was cute.

Gerbil said...

That looks like fun. Man, I haven't been to a parade in... wow. Years.

Gerbil said...

That looks like fun. Man, I haven't been to a parade in... wow. Years.

Heather said...

boy if my kids were looking over my shoulder at all the fun things you've been doing with your kids, they'd be wishing that THEY were your kids too!!!

HeiressChild said...

one thing about it terri, you always see to it that your children get out to different places and have a good time. thanx for sharing your family thru your words and pictures.

ChrisB said...

I knew I would get to see all the photos the second time around. Madison's gappy smile is so sweet. The floats are spectacular. I see big M's had to get in there(1st pic)! I love seeing old cars there is something rather quaint about them. You are so well organised with chairs and play things :)

Melanie said...

I love the pictures! Looks like lots of fun!!

Thanks for the note about Emma! I had many visitors who came from your blog to let me know they were praying for her. And, we do have an AWESOME God! Emma's fever broke and she is feeling much better. Thanks to everyone who has been praying for her!

Kitty said...

Terri those pictures are so cute. I loved parades too when I was a kid, esp. the horses!! :-)

Debbie said...

What a beautif parade. Pity about the rain, of course, but it still looked like fun. My son would have loved the tank, too. And my daughter? Well, anything with the word princess or Queen and she'll like it!

elena jane said...

what fun, i love parades, and even in the rain!! :)