30 May 2009 Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade - a Portland institution, the Starlight Parade holds memories for me. When I was a Rose Festival Princess from Lincoln High School back in 1986 I recall sitting a top a float with my fellow princesses, and having the breaks on the float go out! Imagine a group of high school girls sitting in our finery on this float which is now moving out of control down a city street. I remember lots of screaming and a few tears.. The float came to a stop without anyone getting injured, whew! Somehow we were able to continue on our way. Fast forward ....20++ years, where as Mrs. Oregon America I was asked to participate in Starlight Parade once again, this time I would help to carry the banner for Portland's beloved One More Time Around Again Band http://www.omtaamb.org/. Sharing in these duties were Miss Portland Alexandria Henderson, Miss Portland's Outstanding Teen Rakiyah Johnson and Miss Oregon Earth Emma Pelett.
Reminiscing, back at Lincoln High School
Miss Portland, Miss Portland's Outstanding Teen, Mrs. Oregon
The Parade Route