15. Stavanger Emigration Festival, Part I - Parade, Anna of Sand, Emigration Pageant - Afternoon of July 4th, 2000

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The poster advertising the Emigration Festival in Stavanger, July 4, 2000, now hanging in our dinning room in California.
A opening ceremonies at the Gazellen with greeting by Hans Storhaug, the Director of the Emigration Center in Stavanger.
The actors and dignitaries prepare to form a parade to the dock.
Sons of Norway float in the Emigration parade. Uncle Sverie, Ernst, and Keith
A fjording (fjord horse) for our horse loving friend, Cyndi, back home.
Keith and Ernst try to get the horse to pose.
The emigrants have packed their belongings for the trip to "Amerika" and join the parade.
The actors and dignitaries make ready for the parade at the gazellen.
Red coated guards lead the parade. We learned only much later that the carrier of the Norway flag turned out to be another cousin, Sverre Lima.
Emigrant/actors head toward the harbor.
Actors and a fine horse and carriage set out as well.
The Sons of Norway float gets under way.
The parade stops traffic at a busy intersection near the harbor.
The Sloop, Anna of Sand, playing the role of the sloop Restauration, approaches the dock to receive passengers bound for America.
Keith and Ernst, descendants of those who stayed and those who left, symbolically greet each other after the 175 years since the Restoration sailed.
Keith aboard the sloop role plays Jakob who took his tools to America only to drop them in New York Harbor. Cousin Ernst looks on.
Keith & Ernst pose for the Aftenblad photographer. Photo by Matt Rosdal, Slooper descendant.
Keith gets tour below decks on the sloop. Stavanger Aftenblad reporter on the left, Captain and crew man on the right.
Keith, Captain and 1st Mate pose for more pictures for the Stavanger newspaper.
We are introduced to more cousins. To the right of Uncle Sverie, is his older brother and another "cousin" Arne Mauldal (far right).
Emigrant/actors prepare to board the sloop. Singer/songwriter Tom Russell in black jacket looks on.
We learned later that the flag being flown this day on the Anna of Sand was incorrect and upset many folks knowledgeable with flag & naval history. A newspaper article appeared a few days later explaining this problem.  You can read this Stavanger Aftenblad article in either Norwegian or English by going to our "Newspaper Articles" page.
The actors settle in their places on the loaded sloop.
The sloop starts to sail off.
The sloop under sail heading towards the North Sea.
The old restored steam ship Gamle Rogaland "returns" symbolically in the 1920's bring returning emigrants to visit their homeland.

See next day's photo album (#17, July 5th) for our visit to the Emigration Center.

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