My grandparents drove around all kinds of dignitaries -- Royal Rosarians, former Miss Oregons and the like.
I actually even got to be in the parade for the last 2 blocks, because I'd stand on the rail of my Grandparent's 1915 Overland.
At age 29, I rode in that same car to my wedding.
I've always taken my daughter to the parade, and this year I am taking my second daughter for the first time. I was so sad when the Grand Floral Parade no longer wanted the antique cars to be a part of this magical day for the City of Portland. [For the Centennial Grand Floral Parade, a record number of vintage and antique cars made appearances.]
Thank you for the memories.
~Carmen Woolf Kaczmarczyk (Beaverton, Oregon)