Friday, August 17, 2007 | 11:08 AM ET
The first Gold Cup and Saucer Parade was held in 1962, and Joan MacLean figures she's been to every one of them. In 2007, she's attending with her granddaughter April Richards, who's visiting from Brooks, Alta.
Joan MacLean and April Richards wait for the parade.
MacLean grabbed her spot on the parade route a few minutes after 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. start, and I set up my chairs next to her. It's a spot where she's been sitting for decades. When the children were younger, they'd wait for the crowds to dissipate.
"We'd have lunch back here," she told me, pointing to a lawn behind her. After lunch they'd all head to the exhibition grounds.
"It's a tradition," she said. One that her family has enjoyed for decades.