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A Chinese Memory of Rose Festival

In 1927, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (which houses a Chinese Language since 1911) had the girl students (of which I was one) put on Chinese costumes, with head dresses, to ride in the Grand Floral Parade.

Our seats were small -- the bench was only about 10 inches long! We had to sit through the whole parade in the hot sun. For our efforts we were each given five dollars, with which I bought a beautiful pleated dress. I still have a photo of some of the floats and of my dress. There were no flowers on the floats in those days.

I am the historian of our local CCBA and am putting up some of the memories in our Museum. These include a photo of the late Laurie King -- the first Chinese Queen of Rosaria -- and her daughter Keely, who was a Junior Queen.

To my surprise and delight, the April 9, 2007 (Monday) copy of The Oregonian has a photo of my son Robert Leong, who was one of the drivers from Benson High School in 1988. These drivers took the princesses all over the city, starting at 6:00 a.m. in the morning. They had to be able to stop the cars on a dime instantly.

A Chinese Gong from the 1928 Rose Festival

~Mary N. Leong

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