Portland is known for keeping things weird, but this year’s Starlight Parade Grand Marshal takes weird to a whole new level. It’s an anthropomorphic carpet, complete with plastic eyes, a seat belt, and a baseball cap. Portland airport PDX announced earlier this year that the iconic carpet would be removed and replaced. The carpet itself […]
Portland is known for keeping things weird, but this year’s Starlight Parade Grand Marshal takes weird to a whole new level. It’s an anthropomorphic carpet, complete with plastic eyes, a seat belt, and a baseball cap.
Portland airport PDX announced earlier this year that the iconic carpet would be removed and replaced. The carpet itself was teal with a pink and blue geometric pattern, and its replacement sparked nostalgia and mourning for many Portland residents, for whom the sight of the carpet meant that they were home.
According to NCB affiliate KGW, the Portland Rose Festival Foundation announced that a rolled up and vaguely humanized rolled up section of the beloved PDX carpet will serve as the grand marshal for the 2015 Starlight Parade.
“In any other city in this country, it would likely be considered weird to name a carpet as grand marshal of a major parade,” said parade chairman Jeff Deering. “But this is Portland, Oregon, and we do weird very well here.”
The carpet is so well-loved in Portland that four different companies and organizations are creating products repurposed from the old carpeting, USA Today reports.
“A nice area rug or carpet regardless of the composition is like fine art,” said Brian Ferrentino, owner of Windy City Carpet Cleaning. “We love the fact that companies are finding creative uses for recycled carpets to create other products in an eco friendly manner.”
The carpet undoubtedly needed replacing after its 30 year tenure in the airport — experts say that carpets need professional cleaning about once a year and high traffic areas should be cleaned quarterly. However, after so many years of wear and the accumulation of dirt and dust (about 2,000 dust mites can live comfortably in a single ounce of carpet dust), every carpet’s life must come to an end.
Though the famous PDX carpet will no longer appear in hipsters’ Instagram posts or adorn the floor of the airport, it will live on in creative re-purposing and as the grand marshal of the May 30 parade.
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