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Haven't Missed a Year -- Parades are a Family Tradition

Twenty-six years ago we brought our two and a half month old to her first Starlight Parade -- and then the next week to the Grand Floral Parade. Looking back, I think we should have used a moving van to transport all the baby things we 'needed' for our baby at the parade! We had the porta-crib (which was much bigger than they are today), two diaper bags for all contingencies, a large bag for the blankets she would need, lotions so she wouldn't get burned, an umbrella to put over her for sun or rain, plus two cameras and a video camera (also much bigger than they are today), so we could collect all of the memories.

We continued to bring our daughter Dara to the parades -- then nine years later brought her sister Abbie to her first parades as well.

We haven't missed a year!

We have marvelous pictures of our girls growing up at the Rose Festival parades. These include friends, boyfriends, Abbie leading her high school band and the progression of our family tree through the lens of the Rose Festival!

This year we're completing a chapter of our family -- and starting a new one.

Drum Major Abbie
Drum Major Abbie

Our youngest Abbie will be graduating from high school, and this will be her last Rose Festival parade as the Drum Major for the Hillsboro high school band.

Six-month-old Sydney
Six-month-old Sydney

We'll start a new chapter when we add one more place for our first granddaughter, Sydney, as she gets to experience her first Rose Festival set of parades! She'll be six months old -- and I fear that once again we may need a moving van to get all of her necessary things to the parade.

So we began again...

~Carolyn Ortman