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Celebrating Portland Children

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.

Samba-Band - Junior Parade Portland Rose Festival

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 2015 parade at KPTV.Com.

2016 Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal of the 2016 Fred Meyer Junior Parade is yet to be selected.

The 2015 Grand Marshal cast his superhero web along the parade route in the Hollywood District alongside his friend the Clown Prince!

2016 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! The 2016 Sections will be announced soon.

Past Junior Parade sections from 2015 include Procession of the Species presented by Laurelwood Public House, where kids dressed up in their favorite animal costume, and Our Best Friends presented by Mud Bay, which showcased the great friendships that Portland children get to form inside and outside of the classroom.

2015 Awards

See the 2015 Junior Parade Award winners HERE.