Saturday, June 07, 2008

1951 Rose Festival Parade Video Highlights

The 1951 Rose Festival Parade was held on June 8th. Grand Marshal was William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy). The Rose Festival Queen was Gloria Krieger from Jefferson High School.

These highlights include William Boyd on horseback and you can see kids running out to get his autograph in the footage. Also included are the Queen's float, the Junior Court float, two marching bands (no sound on this 8 mm footage), and three floats including one from Hillsboro.

The footage was taken across the street from the Multnomah Hotel by C. M. Williams. The original digitized footage is better than this. Google video compression has introduced a fuzzy quality to the video.

Hope you enjoy the trip back 57 years to a time when the parade was a little more informal and local community centered than it is now.


aidantannler said...

Hello Terrence,

Any idea where I could get a clean digital copy of this 1951 Rose Festival parade footage that you mentioned has a sharper look? I would love to buy a clean copy. My mom was one of the R.F. princes on the Queen's float that year. This is the first time I've seen footage of her from her princess days. She passed away in 1980 and we all miss her. She was an absolute gem.... Carol Braun of Girls Poly H.S.

Thank you so much for any information you can offer.

Lori Regan
Boise, Idaho

terrance said...

Hi Lori,

It would be a pleasure to give you a copy of this. I'm glad you happened to see it.

I'm sorry to hear that your mother passed away so young.

Please give me your e-mail address, and I can send you a cd with the full avi file on it (and I can slow down the part where the queen/princesses' float goes by in a separate clip) .

You might want to write your e-mail address in the form of:

loriat(instead of "@")gmaildot(instead of".")com

to avoid any culling of it off this site by spammers.