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The Prized Centerpiece of the Rose Festival

A cherished highlight of the Portland Rose Festival, this popular procession is more than a spectacular floral-filled parade; it’s a beloved annual tradition. For more than 100 years, Portland families, visitors and community groups have been making memories at the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. A colorful reflection of local, regional and international communities, the parade draws hundreds of thousands of cheering viewers of every age, along a 4.2 mile route that winds through city streets and across the river.

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Weren’t able to see it in person or would like to see it again? You can view the entire parade at KPTV.Com.

This year’s flavorful and flower-ful celebration will fulfill anyone’s appetite for spectacle. Emphasizing visual and auditory entertainment on a grand scale, the parade features 14 all-floral floats, 17 marching bands, 19 equestrian units and many other special entries. Vintage vehicles, flag-festooned marching groups and colorful dancers are icing on the cake. And watch for that royal reveler, the Clown Prince, waving from his own moving throne!

2015 Grand Marshal

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This year the Rose Festival salutes Women in Leadership by honoring the two women who have served in the State of Oregon’s top elected role, Governors Barbara Roberts and Kate Brown. Governor Roberts, a descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers and a fourth-generation Oregonian, served a four-year term from 1991-95, and was known for her leadership in the areas of health care, affordable housing and environmental responsibility. She has numerous academic credentials, a record of prolific nonprofit board service and is an active public speaker and author. In 2011 her memoir Up the Capitol Steps was published. With more than 25 years of service to Oregon, Kate Brown became Oregon’s 38th Governor in February, having served as Secretary of State since 2008, where she successfully implemented an online voter registration and streamlined business licensing, among many notable accomplishments. Brown served for 17 years in the state legislature, and in 2004, she became the first woman in Oregon history to serve as Senate Majority Leader. The Rose Festival salutes the leadership and statesmanship of these two women who have helped make Oregon such as great state to live and visit.

Parade Queen Marilyn Clint

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In keeping with the theme of Women in Leadership, Rose Festival recognizes Chief Operating Officer and Director of Events & Communications Marilyn Clint, celebrating 40 years since her first season on the Rose Festival staff. In 1976, Marilyn staffed the inaugural Starlight Parade, and Rose Festival’s ‘parade queen’ was born! In her 28th year managing the Grand Floral Parade, she has been the creative force behind the event for more than a quarter of its history. The Rose Festival board of directors and staff thank her for her many years of passionate leadership. Plus, the mayor (on behalf of the City of Portland) has declared June 6 Parade Queen Day in Marilyn’s honor!

2015 Grand Floral Parade Sections

The filling of this year’s Grand Floral Parade includes four sections with special themes, as well as many festival favorites, like the Royal Rosarians and the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The newly crowned Queen of Rosaria and her princesses will be presented on a float sponsored by Unitus Community Credit Union.

A brand new section, La Petite Parade, features local communities with mini-floats designed on golf carts. These all-volunteer-built entries harken back to the early years of the parade when cities decorated automobiles so they could be represented in the largest event in the region. This year Beaverton, Hood River, Sherwood and West Linn will participate, along with the Rose Festival’s Official Charity, Boys & Girls Aid.

Parade sections:

Live Fearless, presented by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon:

Regence reminds us that there are many ways we can Live Fearless in today’s world, saluting ordinary and extraordinary heroes in our lives, including our U.S. military, Portland Fire & Rescue, the Transportation Security Administration, Portland General Electric and the Make a Wish family featured on this year’s Alaska Airlines entry.

We Are Oregon, presented by University of Oregon:

Everything Oregon includes well known rodeos around the state, like the Pendleton Round-Up and Miss Rodeo Oregon. Led by the University of Oregon Duck Truck, cheerleaders and the Duck himself, the section also presents Oregon’s Teacher of the Year and one of Oregon’s most venerable and recognizable volunteer organization, the Royal Rosarians! Watch for this year’s Grand Marshals, Oregon’s two female Governors, Barbara Roberts and Kate Brown.

La Petite Parade presented by All Classical Portland:

For the first time ever, golf carts become mini-floats, designed and built by local communities like Beaverton and Sherwood. This section is all mini, including miniature planes and horses. Delightful!

Window on the World, presented by The Boeing Company:

Floats representing the Vietnamese community and the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association are surrounded by marching and dancing

View the 2015 Parade Lineup

View the 2015 GFP Lineup
(as of June 2)

2015 Awards

See the 2015 Grand Floral Parade Award Winners HERE.

Your local Toyota dealers – the Official Auto Sponsor of the Rose Festival Parades.

Reserved Parade Seats Make a Great Gift!

Spectators watching in the Memorial Coliseum see three events for the price of one: the Queen’s Coronation, the Grand Floral Walk and the Grand Floral Parade. Your assigned seat awaits you, with all the amenities of being indoors (comfortable seats, no ‘weather worries’, restrooms and concessions).

Spectators who sit in our outdoor bleachers (with assigned seats) can view both the Grand Floral Walk and Grand Floral Parade, with the added excitement of being right next to the TV broadcast areas for these events (with easy access to portable restrooms).

Grand Floral Parade tickets are on sale now! Click the green button on the left to purchase yours today!

Inviting a large group? Groups of 10 or more SAVE! Visit the Group Savings page for more information.

Have a VIP parade experience! View the Chalet Row Flyer for information about private seating opportunities.