The Beavers represented this past weekend in the Grand Floral Parade during Portland’s annual Rose Festival. 1982 alum Cathy Marshall, who is the Regional Director of Programs in Portland and Seattle, helmed an 2010 orange Mini Cooper in a tribute to longtime OSU friend Al Reser while Benny the Beaver rode in tow during the 4.2 mile route. Also riding with Marshall and Benny was Claudia Reimer Marshall, Rose Festival Queen in 1986 and a 1990 Oregon State graduate.
“I was overwhelmed by the response to Benny and the tribute to Al Reser. There were alums coming out of the crowd to have their picture taken with Benny. There were children high-fiving Benny. It was an amazing response,” Marshall says.
The Oregon State Portland Center hosted a Grand Foral Parade Watch Party in the California Bank Building, as well. All in all, it was great to see orange and black in the parade, which is the crowning event in Portland’s yearly Rose Festival.