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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!

2016 Grand Marshal

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This year the Portland Rose Festival honors the 2015 MLS Cup Champions Portland Timbers as Grand Marshal for the 2016 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. Last season the Timbers commemorated 40 years since the club’s inception in the North American Soccer League, and won their first major league soccer title after defeating Columbus Crew SC 2-1, December 6, 2015 (at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio). The Alaska Airlines Grand Floral Parade float will celebrate the team with green and white decor, an oversized soccer fan, and (of course!) Timber Joey.

2016 Grand Floral Parade Sections

Today’s Heroes ~ The Rose Festival celebrates the ordinary and extraordinary heroes of today by honoring the brave, courageous, and noble people in our lives. This section includes Today’s Heroes such as our U.S. military, Portland Fire & Rescue, and many more! The Oregon’s Teacher of the Year will be featured on the float of one of Oregon’s most venerable and recognizable volunteer organizations, the Royal Rosarians! Keep an eye out for Alaska Airlines as they are excessively celebrating a local hero, and this year’s Grand Marshal, the 2015 MLS Cup Champions the Portland Timbers!

We Are Oregon, presented by University of Oregon ~ Led by the University of Oregon Duck Truck, cheerleaders and the Duck himself, the section also includes three Oregon-themed floats and the Rose Festival’s 50-year Court from 1966. This year Oregon celebrates the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West Show’s 100th anniversary with beautiful equestrian entries from Happy Canyon and the Pendleton Round-Up!

La Petite Parade presented by All Classical Portland ~ For the second time around, golf carts become mini-floats, designed and built by local communities. New this year, Queens will represent their festivals as they float down the parade route in beautiful, all-floral hoop skirts. This section celebrates all things mini, including miniature planes and clowns. 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 groups, performing traditional dances from China and Mexico. Keep your eye out for Reser’s Aztec Empress, a beautiful jaguar surrounded by colorful Aztec dancers. The Falun Dafa Marching Band brings together members from California, New York and even Canada!

View the 2016 Parade Lineup

As of May 23:
Parade Lineup [PDF]

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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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