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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.

2015 Grand Marshal


The 2015 Grand Marshal is ready to cast his web over the Fred Meyer Junior Parade. See him and his friend the Clown Prince on Wednesday, June 3 in the Hollywood District!

2015 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 2015 Junior Parade has two sections celebrating elements of Portland’s community and how cool it is to be a kid. In Procession of the Species presented by Laurelwood Public House, kids dress up in their favorite animal costume and roar, quack and purr. Our Best Friends presented by Mud Bay showcases the great friendships that Portland children get to form inside and outside of the classroom.

View the 2015 Parade Lineup

View the 2015 Junior Parade
(as of May 22; please note “Miscellaneous” entries are open slots for on-site registrants)

2014 Awards

See the 2014 Junior Parade Award Winners HERE.