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-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.
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 15 full-size all-floral floats, 12 all-floral mini-floats, 16 marching bands, 18 equestrian units and many, many other special entries.
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.
2018 Grand Marshal
Meet Diesel, a 2 1/2 year-old English Mastiff. Diesel was chosen in a contest benefiting the Rose Festival’s 2018 Official Charity, the Oregon Humane Society. OHS is celebrating 150 years of service this year, and Diesel will do them proud as this year’s Grand Marshal. He eats five cups of food per day, he is a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners, and he loves to snuggle — all 185 lbs of him!
2018 Grand Floral Parade Sections
Play Happy Northwest presented by Providence Children’s Health ~ Entries from Fred Meyer, the University of Oregon and Cambia Health Solutions reflect the love of playing outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. Highlights of the section include PGE’s first time presenting an all-electric float and the return of the ever popular Llamas of SW Washington.
Salute to Service presented by The Boeing Company ~ Led by the Old Guard in their distinctive colonial uniforms, this crowd-pleasing section highlights the men and women who inspire the community with their dedication to service. Alaska Airlines celebrates the contributions of local favorite, the Trail Blazers, and a new entry from IBEW personifies the women who helped win the war 75 years ago with a Rosie the Riveter marching group.
Celebrating Traditions presented by Darigold ~ Major milestones are celebrated in this section, starting off with honors for Darigold ‘s centennial. Rose Festival heritage is represented by the 50-year Court from 1968. Highlighting the section is the appearance of the first-ever doggie grand marshal in the Grand Floral Parade, celebrating 150 years of the Oregon Humane Society.
Play Happy Around the Globe ~ Dancers, marchers and musicians populate this part of the parade, depicting the global diversity of the region. Float entries include the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association and a new entry from the Chinese Community of Greater Portland. Rose Festival presents the amazing Aztec dancers from Instituto de Cultura y Arte In Xochitl in Cuicatl on this year’s Fiesta Flora float, and two mini-floats represent festivals from our nearest neighbor to the north.
See the 2018 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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