Clarion misses boat on Red Hatters parade

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005

On April 25, the Kenai Chapter Kenai River Reds (Some Pinks) ... And We Ain't Salmon Red Hatters held a parade to celebrate the birthday of the Red Hat Society. It was to be a fun event — a parade with honorary Red Hatter Kenai Mayor Pat Porter, a potluck at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Oh what a grand time they had, as only a Red Hatter can have.

The Kenai Police Department monitored every intersection along the parade route. There were Kenai fire trucks, the ambulance, the Nikiski Fire Department and many, many cars with Red Hatters aboard with huge smiles. One of the members even rode her lawn mower.

There were visiting Red Hat chapters from Soldotna, Sterling and Nikiski. Vehicles were decorated, balloons flowed everywhere along the parade route. Everyone who participated enjoyed a good time eating at the visitors center after the parade.

Now is my question: Where was the article to help celebrate this fun event in Kenai? The Clarion had a reporter-photographer there. The only picture we saw in the paper was of the Kenai senior center van.

Was there some confusion on the part of the newspaper? Did they not get it when they saw all of the red and purple that this was not a senior event but a Red Hat Society event?

The Red Hat Society is probably the fastest growing organization in the United States right now, and the largest membership in Alaska is in Kenai. So this group tries not only to have fun and promote the society, but also to promote Kenai. And what did the Clarion do? They did nothing. Shame on you!

These women deserve better from their newspaper. I only hope the next time this paper is informed about a function, no matter how small, they take a little more notice and serve their patrons better.

And to all of you wonderful Red Hatters and ladies in waiting, I look forward to next year when you will have a bigger and better parade. We can only hope the Clarion will show a little more support for all your efforts.

Teresa Broyles, Kenai

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