It’s true. My sister and I added to the largest group of natural born redheads ever assembled in one area. Now, we are waiting on the exact head count, or should I say…redhead count. *chortle chortle* But it seems like today in Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, we made our way into the Guinness Book of World Records for most gingers loitering in one spot. I have to say, I am ginger proud, but it was rather alarming being with so many pale looking people as the sun beat down on our virgin scalps. There were a few moments where we thought that someone was playing an evil trick, to wipe out a large portion of the remaining redhead race. However, we made it through, with only minor sunburn.
Going through some serious ginger checkpoints, all participants had to sign some waivers, wear a white t-shirt, and bring a photo of his/her redheaded self as a child. Ya know, to prove authentic carrot top genes. What a sight. Redheads of all ages, holding up childhood photos of themselves, proudly stating that they’ve been this way fo’ life. For the first time ever, I had a very hard time finding my sister in the crowd after being separated. Now I know how those regular old brunettes feel everyday.
The Redhead Event was not just a stop on the American Oddity tour, it also worked to raise money and awareness for skin cancer, which redheads are undeniably more susceptible too. As my sister currently battles with melanoma, I was very excited to know that so many smiling faces joined in on the day to raise funds for such a great cause. No matter how pale, or tan you may be, sunscreen really can save your life. Lather up, and enjoy the sun like the rest of us day walkers!
So, all in all, pretty solid day. Broke a world record, made some bystanders feel uncomfortable, and shared a very strange moment of glory with my sister. Thanks for the Kodak moment Portland. You continue to impress me with your bizarre events.
See the full recap from Oregon Live here —> http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/08/a_guinness_record_1600_redhead.html