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Rose Festival Selects Soccer Champions as Grand Marshal

The Magic is still real, as the 2015 MLS Cup Champions Portland Timbers are selected Grand Marshal for the 2016 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. The Timbers, who last season commemorated 40 years since the club’s inception in the North American Soccer League, won their first major league soccer title after defeating Columbus Crew SC 2-1, December 6, 2015, at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

“The Portland Rose Festival has been integral to our community for more than 100 years, and the Timbers are honored and proud to be a part of this year’s festivities as Grand Marshal of the 2016 Grand Floral Parade,” said Merritt Paulson, owner of the Timbers.

The Portland Rose Festival made the announcement during the annual Alaska Airlines Rally at the Embassy Suites Portland Airport Hotel, Thursday evening. The Alaska Airlines Grand Floral Parade float will celebrate the team with green and white decor, an oversized soccer fan, and Timber Joey, of course.

“We want to see Portland Timbers fans turnout for the Spirit Mountain Grand Floral Parade and Excessively Celebrate their 2015 MLS Cup championship team,” said Marilyn Clint, (AKA Parade Queen) Chief Operating Officer, Portland Rose Festival Foundation.