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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 Grand Marshal of the 2015 Fred Meyer Junior Parade is yet to be selected.

The 2014 Grand Marshal was the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit! Last year we were pleased to honor the fearless loyalty these special dogs bring to the Police Bureau and the community.

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!

Past themes from 2014 include Procession of the Species presented by Laurelwood Public House, where kids dressed up in their favorite animal costume and roared, quacked and purred; Be active. Play safe. Stay healthy. presented by Randall Children’s Hospital, featured groups who promote fitness and children showing how fun it is to be active; Our Best Friends presented by MudBay showcased the great friendships that Portland children get to form at school and during their fun activities; Success of Tomorrow! presented by hibu, proved how children can cruise to success by riding bikes, balancing on unicycles, and even bouncing on pogo sticks!

The 2015 Fred Meyer Junior Parade is filled with music from elementary and middle school marching bands featuring the greater Portland/Vancouver metro area. Community groups, dance, drill and baton twirlers fill the Junior Parade with sparkles, bright colors, and plenty of fun!