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Parading in Place

Bringing Community Together While Staying Home

Celebrate the Rose Festival’s evolving vision for this spring by joining one of the new Parading in Place events! Community members can register their porch displays for the Porch Parade in May or enter their shoe box floats in the Grand Petite Parade which will premiere on Facebook Live in June!


Fred Meyer Junior Parade

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From the moment the lovable Fred Bear cuts the ribbon to kick off the Fred Meyer Junior Parade, fun reigns. Children come from all parts of the city to join in: dressing in costume, transforming wagons into floats, decorating their bikes with colorful flowers, or just parading with their pets (and parents!). Elementary and Middle School marching bands fill the Hollywood District with song, and dance teams add swirls of color to the celebration. No matter how they participate in this pint-size parade, the kids enjoy their moment in the spotlight on FOX 12 live, local television.

From the very beginning, the Portland Rose Festival has celebrated our community’s children. The first Rose Festival in 1907 included a children’s parade of 2000 boys and girls representing 23 schools! An official Rose Festival event since 1936, the Junior Parade is the nation’s oldest and largest children’s parade.

Weren’t able to see it in person or would like to see it again? You can view the entire 2019 parade at KPTV.Com

The 2020 Fred Meyer Junior Parade date is to be determined.

2020 Rose Festival Postponed

The health of our community and our friends around the world is the most important thing. We have postponed BUT NOT CANCELLED the 2020 Rose Festival. We’re HOPEFUL that eventually we’ll all come out the other side of this pandemic, healthy and happy — and ready to celebrate together! Please sign up for our eNewsletter and follow us at Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter — and here at our website — for information — and some interesting things to keep us all happy together! THANKS!

2020 Grand Marshal

Check back soon for news and updates about the Junior Parade Grand Marshal!

2020 Junior Parade Sections

Each year the Junior Parade features unique themed sections celebrating elements of Portland’s community and parts of every kid’s life. Everyone gets a time to shine in the Junior Parade!
Past sections have been themed to showcase important elements of Portland’s community!

Empowering Kids presented by Pacific Power ~ celebrates all things kid-related!

Let’s Play presented by The Portland Clinic ~ kids show how they like to play, in all forms.

2019 Awards

See the 2019 Junior Parade Award winners HERE

2018 Awards

See the 2018 Junior Parade Award winners HERE.