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Samba And Superheroes Highlight 2015 Fred Meyer Junior Parade

2015 Fred Meyer Junior Parade Has Fun for All Ages!

When Brian Davis (the percussionist for Pink Martini) was introduced to Ainsworth Elementary school to teach a little ‘body percussion,’ he had no idea it would result in one of the most awarded marching bands in the Fred Meyer Junior Parade history! The Ainsworth Jr. Escola (samba schools in Rio de Janeiro are called Escola) — one of the more popular entries in the Junior Parade — is made up of the entire 5th grade class, and annually marches in brightly colored shirts. They play mostly traditional Brazilian instruments, all hand-painted by each student. This is the 17th year for the Escola marchers in the Junior Parade.

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“In past years the instruments were taken to the art department where the kids were surrounded by images of Brazilian Carnaval, and the natural environment of the country, and they were left to paint them using their own inspiration,” said Davis.”Some of the instruments end up looking a bit whacky. On parade day, the kids — wearing their Ainsworth samba shirts we had made for them — also paint themselves, and I love it.”

The Ainsworth Jr. Escola can be seen in the Our Best Friends presented by Mud Bay section of the 2015 Fred Meyer Junior Parade, beginning at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 3 (located on NE Sandy BLVD from 52nd Avenue to 40th Avenue and ending at Grant High School on Tillamook Street).

Look for more super heroes leading the way as the Grand Marshal of the Fred Meyer Junior Parade casts his web over the crowd, and the Broadway Medical Clinic unleashes their own collection of costumed heroes.

Procession of the Species by Laurelwood Public House brings out the joy of nature, as the Portland Chinese Lessons marchers dress up as their favorite animals (such as goats and sheep) and The Vestal School Garden Club marching scarecrows flutter down the street. Popular mascots include Oregon State Alumni Association’s Bennie the Beaver, Portland State University’s PSU Viking and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Blaze, who will also dance the streets to greet fans with their delightful antics. And keep your eyes peeled for the Pace car! It’s the PDX Carpet Toyota Tundra wrap car, and it’s pretty cool. (Your local Toyota dealers – the Official Auto Sponsor of the Rose Festival Parades.)

The Fred Meyer Junior Parade can be seen live on FOX 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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CityFair Opens Wednesday with Food Drive and Free Samples

CityFair’s Last Weekend

Following the Junior Parade, the Rose Festival is opening CityFair at 3:00 p.m. for a special FOOD DAY: Bring 3 to get in FREE! If you bring three cans of food for the Food Bank’s mission of feeding the hungry, you’ll get CityFair admission for free! Once inside, fans will get a special opportunity to sample selected food items for FREE during the CityFair Sampler Day (from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.).

CityFair is open Wednesday, June 3 through Sunday, June 7, with two big concerts in the RoZone: Rock the Roses (on Friday, June 5) with legendary bands Great White and Slaughter and special guests Vixen (Saturday June 6), with KINK on the Waterfront featuring headliner Walk Off The Earth and openers Scars on 45, Kopecky, and The Wind +The Wave. Good food, Good music and Funtastics rides wrap up the 2015 Portland Rose Festival CityFair season in Tom McCall waterfront Park.
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Want to support young film makers and young actors? Be sure to attend the International Youth Silent Film Festival International Awards Show at the Hollywood Theatre (at 4122 NE Sandy BLVD, Portland, OR) at 7:30 p.m.
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Don’t forget to hurry out and have a Rose Meal at your local Elmer’s Restaurant! With the purchase of each Rose Meal, Elmer’s will donate $1 to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation.
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