298 Cadillacs from across the United States and Canada set the Guinness World Record for the largest Parade, while paying tribute to the brand’s founder Henry Leland.
The previous record of 102 Cadillacs on parade was set on Aug. 18, 2002, in Leimuiderbrug, the Netherlands. The Parade included old and new Cadillacs. Unsurprisingly, it was the old models which were the most interesting! That’s all about to change though, because the new range of cars Cadillac is planning for, are much cooler and better designed and built than ever.
The mile long parade was also formed to open the Orleans County Fair in Barton, Vermont. Lorie Seadale, superintendent for the Floral Hall Arts & Crafts department of the Orleans fair, cooked up the idea of the Cadillac parade as a way to increase awareness of the annual event and as a way to pay homage Barton’s own Henry M. Leland, who founded Cadillac in 1902.
“Our initial goal was for the fair but it’s become a dual-purpose event to honor Henry Leland’s legacy and contribution to this country with his inventions, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit,” Seadale said. “It’s great to bring the world record back the United States where it belongs.”
“He was a unique individual. They called him the ‘Master of Precision’ because he had such high standards,” said David Leland, great great nephew of Henry Leland and a resident of Shelbourne, Vt. “It’s nice to see him recognized like this.”