Summer of ’65: Weather Steals Show from Portorama Parade

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Fifty years ago — Aug. 7, 1965 — the DNT reports a “powerful nor’easter” threatened to put a damper on the annual Portorama Parade, but some 30,000 spectators toughed out the inclement weather.

A baker’s dozen of lovely young things attired in swim suits, goose flesh and blue skin were undaunted by the drizzle and cold. Sitting on their Shoppers’ City float, they shivered a reply that it was a great night for a parade, that they were happy to be in it.

Fluttering caps, wind-whipped formals, not a bad word to be said about parade conditions, whether the queen be blonde, brunette or redhead, or from Eveleth, Esko or Proctor.

One cannon blast, then another. The U.S. Marine Corps color guard waded off to establish the Portorama Parade beachhead.

Forty-five minutes of drizzle and about an hour of rain and it was over.

Esko Fair Queen Candidates

Candidates for queen of the Esko Fair ride the Esko float.–(Staff photo by Charles Curtis)

Leonard Bush

Parade Marshal Leonard Bush, national Elks ruler, greets parade watchers.–(Staff photo by Charles Curtis)

Royal Canadianettes

The Royal Canadianettes of Port Arthur, Ont., came 200 miles to march.–(Staff photo by Charles Curtis)

The Holmans

The Holmans, a vocal trio, and Jessica Holman, exotic dancer, appear in Leon Claxton’s New Harlem Revue on the Royal American Shows midway at the Tri-State Fair in Superior. The fair continues today and Sunday.

Mary Elmquist

Mary Elmquist beams with pride as she displays one of the biggest bubbles blown at the Portorama bubblegum contest Friday.–(Staff photo by George Starkey)

Mike Suomela

A 9-1/2 incher is inflated by Mike Suomela, St. James Children’s Home.–(Staff photo by George Starkey)

Delano and Verna

Not quite in time — Delano O’Donald, 2804 Wellington St., had a blowout before Verna Christenson, one of the contest judges, could measure it.–(Staff photo by George Starkey)

Jim Byrne

Jim Byrne, 190-1/2 E. 3rd St., gets a face full of gum rather than a prize winning bubble.–(Staff photo by George Starkey)

Ingle Family

The families of Northeastern Minnesota’s soap box derby entrants visited the boys Friday at Derbytown. In the photo above are: Steve Ingle, 15; Douglas Ingle, 12, Duluth’s entrant; Carl Ingle, Douglas’ father; Cathy Ingle, 9, and Mrs. Carl Ingle of Hoyt Lakes. In the photo below are: Cecil Wytaske, Gary Wytaske’s father; Gary, 12, Silver Bay’s entrant, and Mrs. Cecil Wytaske of Babbitt.

Wytaske Family

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Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

Fifty years later, to the date, the weather was pretty much the same for the Spirit Valley Days parade. So it goes.

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