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2001 Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade

 

Copyright 2001 St. Wolfgang's Bavarian Guild

 

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On June 2nd, almost 50 players representing St. Wolfgang's Bavarian Guild, The Seattle Knights, Sherwood Robin Hood Days, Dayes of Olde , Gates of Thyme, and Gig Harbor Renaissance Faires rode on a float in the Portland General Electric/SOLV Starlight Parade Presented by Southwest Airlines (the politically correct name for Portland Oregon's Starlight Parade). This is the second largest illuminated parade in the known world.

The float was designed by assistant guild master Dan DeMoy and Tessa DeMoy. Like last year, it was assembled on a 66 foot long flatbed truck donated by Ralph and Joyce Hovis of Coast Crane and Equipment Company of Portland Oregon, and carefully driven to the parade staging area, and in the parade, by their intrepid driver Scott Bellcoff.

The float was entered in the parade to call attention to the Renaissance Faires in the Pacific Northwest region so it carried the banner of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Faires.

The following narrative was written by Justen Rambo, who plays the part of Crown Prince Wilhelm.

Well, after many work parties, the vision of our new float came to fruition.

Before continuing, I would like to give credit to Cathy Weaver and Kristy Bishop, who were at every single work party.

Now the task of building the float did not come easily, but we had it ready to go in time for the parade start. Though we pulled this one off in Grand Bavarian Tradition, it seemed like everything was against our float this year.

First there was the weather that threatened us, but bit its' tongue for our grand float to sail on its' journey.

Then an even bigger problem arose.

At the start of the parade, our little boat carrying Faffner the Dragon and our lovely mermaid Kirby, broke down, causing it to be parked and removed from the parade's line of march. Thankfully, Kirby, along with Dan's Mother (who was driving the vehicle, with much thanks) and our beast of a dragon were not seriously injured, if injured at all.

Now just when we thought that it couldn't get any worse, our electrical system, for the most part, went down. With only the front spots and the very back of the float lit up, we thought that the parade would be over for us, but we continued on.

Then our savior stepped up and got to work on the problem. With speed and inginuity, Chris Bishop (HIP HIP HUZZAH AND MANY THANKS CHRIS), Got our power running intermittantly.

Even though our power was not running like it should, we still had the crowd cheering for us, letting us know that we still rock our home town. Chris continued working on the problem, as we wound down the route. Our line for not being lit up: "We're a rowing blackout."

Just before we got to the the TV cameras, Chris got the lights on for good. We turned the corner and carried on with the rest of the parade.

We parked the float, and returned to the bus, and headed back to the Dan's family dry cleaning shop, the Cleaning Bar, where we had assembled earlier in the afternoon.

The rain started just as we were getting on the bus, and we thanked the weather goddess that she missed us while soaking all the entries in the last part of the parade. After seeing the parade on TV, we decided that the Biggest Ham Of The Evening Award should go to Murphy, had a big disagreement with his oar.

The next day, a small group of us descended on Dan's house and took down the float, packing it with care into Dan's garage in preparation for the parade in Sherwood in July.

On Monday, we received the GLORIOUS news -- despite everything that had gone wrong during the parade, our float took the SWEEKSTAKES AWARD FOR THE BEST NON-COMMERCIAL FLOAT.

Congratulations to all the St. Wolfgang's members who worked so hard to build the float and whose energy while riding it convinced the judges what we already knew -- we're the best!!!

Sincerely,
Your Crown Prince,
Wilhelm



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