: Three photographs document the annual Carnation Festival parade in Alliance, Ohio. The photographs were taken in the 1960s.
Alliance became known as the "Carnation City" in 1876, when Dr. Levi L. Lamborn began giving William McKinley a carnation prior to their congressional debates. McKinley, who was a close friend of Lamborn, considered the carnation a good luck charm and wore them throughout his career as Ohio governor and later as president of the United States. The carnation became the state flower of Ohio in 1904 in remembrance of the assassinated president. In 1959, Alliance was officially designated "Carnation City" and the first Carnation Festival was held the following summer in 1960. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Arts and Entertainment; Plants and Animals; Flowers; Festivals; Parades & processions; Floats (Parades); Ohio state symbols Places
: Alliance (Ohio); Stark County (Ohio); Mahoning County (Ohio)