Nathan and Chelsea Carrillo ride their bikes in the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade with their mother Nicole Nares Carrillo walking alongside them. The family participated with other members of St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland. (Courtesy Paula Lang)
Nathan and Chelsea Carrillo ride their bikes in the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade with their mother Nicole Nares Carrillo walking alongside them. The family participated with other members of St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland. (Courtesy Paula Lang)
Members of St. Anthony and Ascension Parishes joined the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade Saturday, April 27. In classic Portland fashion, rain fell the entire hour that the parade participants stood in the staging area. But as soon as the parade began, the sun came out and the rain stopped.

“Saint Anthony made sure it did not rain on his two mile parade,” joked Father Pat Donoghue, pastor of St. Anthony Parish.

Twenty-eight members of Ascension Parish participated in the parade, carrying a banner, giving candy and handing out special We Care bags. The bags, more than 100, contained snacks, a hygiene kit and a note asking recipients to pass on the kindness.

The parishes refer to the parade as the St. Anthony to Ascension Parade because it begins near St. Anthony Parish and finishes near Ascension Parish.

Members of St. Anthony Parish carried a banner and brought along a statue of St. Anthony. They passed out holy cards of St. Anthony and candy with biblical quotes.