Gift of the Gods

CVA - 2008-022.130 - PNE Parade, on East Hastings and Jackson, Gift of Gods float and spectators 196- L F Sheraton photo.

CVA – 2008-022.130 – PNE Parade, on East Hastings and Jackson, Gift of Gods float and spectators 196- L F Sheraton photo.

This image of a PNE float is, in my judgement, one of the most outrageous of those I have seen. It was a bit of a puzzle, at first, as to just what was being advertised. The central figure – a young woman – was raised above the float level with lightning bolts apparently radiating from her throne. The text on the float’s front reads “Gift of the Gods” and another piece of text seems to read “Power in Pardise”.

The clue to the origin of the float is the word “Wenatchee” – which appears on the side of the float. Wenatchee, of course, is a community in Washington State. This led me to speculate that the float was from the Pacific Northwest. It seems that the float was a celebration of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. For a more modest float photographed as part of the Daffodil Festival in Tacoma in 1976, see here.

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