Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade
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.
The 2018 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on June 9.
Reserved indoor and outdoor seating at Veterans Memorial Coliseum is now available! Indoor super-saver seating is available for $15, and reserved seating for $30. Reserved chairs outside the Coliseum are $30, and reserved bleachers are available for $25.
See the 2018 Route Map!
View the map HERE!!!
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 Brilliant and flower-ful celebration will fulfill anyone’s appetite for spectacle. Emphasizing visual and auditory entertainment on a grand scale, the parade features 16 full-size all-floral floats, 13 all-floral mini-floats, 13 marching bands, 22 equestrian units and many other special entries.
2017 Grand Marshal
The Rose Festival is proud to honor and celebrate the members of the 1977 NBA Champion Portland Trail Blazers, 40 years after their triumphant victory parade. “Blazermania” erupted in downtown Portland on June 5, 1977 following a spectacular 2-point win at home in the deciding game of the NBA finals. Representing the team as Grand Marshals of the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade are Bobby Gross, Lloyd Neal and Larry Steele.
2017 Grand Floral Parade Sections
Brilliant Adventure ~ Entries from Fred Meyer, Portland General Electric, and the University of Oregon reflect the adventurous spirit of today’s world. Highlights of the section include the 63rd consecutive fl oat entry from the Battle Ground Rose Float Committee and the truly awesome Red Hot Mamas from Post Falls, Idaho.
Brilliant Heritage ~ Regence reflects on their centennial with the first horse-drawn float seen in the parade in several years, an amazing depiction of early Northwest logging. Representing local heritage, the Royal Rosarian float honors 100 years of roses at the International Rose Test Garden, while Rose Festival heritage is represented by the 50-year Court from 1967 and another appearance from the Father of the Rose Festival, living history character Mayor Harry Lane. Highlighting the section is the appearance of the 2017 Grand Marshals, members of the 1977 championship team of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Brilliant Service Section, presented by The Boeing Company ~ Alaska Airlines salutes the service of educators on their float entry in this crowd-pleasing section. The brilliance of this section will be highlighted by men and women marching in uniforms that exhibit many different forms of service, both civic and national.
La Petite Parade presented by All Classical Portland ~ The newest and one of the most popular features in the big parade is its mini-section, with 12 mini-floats built on golf carts, representing cities and festivals around the Pacific Northwest, as well as petite clowns and miniature horses.
Brilliant Cultures ~ This part of the parade reflects the diverse culture of the region with float entries from the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association, the Vietnamese Community of Oregon and the Portland Ulsan Sister City Association, surrounded by multiple performers from a myriad of cultures. The Rose Festival presents Panama Folklore-Seattle on the Fiesta Flora float; and two amazing marching bands–Shu-Te High School from Kaohsiung and Tian Guo Falun Dafa, whose members come together from California, New York, and Canada– to round out this colorful section.
See the 2017 Grand Floral Parade Award winners HERE.
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 PURCHASE TICKETS button on the left to buy 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! For information about private seating opportunities VIEW:
Chalet Row Flyer [PDF]
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