Grand Marshal Professor E. Clipse Leads Fred Meyer Junior Parade on Wednesday
Thousands of kids take the street Wednesday, June 7, for America’s oldest and largest all-children’s parade beginning at 1:00 p.m., on Sandy Boulevard in the beautiful Hollywood neighborhood of Northeast Portland. This year’s parade is led by Grand Marshal Professor E. Clipse, promoting a Rose Festival viewing party for the historical arrival of a full solar eclipse, scheduled to cross over Oregon on August 21, 2017.
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 2,000 boys and girls representing 23 schools. An official Rose Festival event since 1936, the Fred Meyer Junior Parade is the nation’s oldest and largest children’s parade. The Junior Parade is televised live on KPTV/FOX 12 and will be live-streamed at KPTV.Com.
Fleet Week starts Wednesday, as the U.S. Coast Guard arrives for afternoon dockings, and will be open for tours Thursday. The U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian ships arrive Thursday, with free public tours Friday through Sunday. The Rose Festival is honored to welcome one of the new design Navy ships in the USS Jackson (LCS-6), an Independence-class littoral Combat ship. She is the first ship to be named for the city of Jackson, the capital of Mississippi.
The oldest and largest rose society in America, the Portland Rose Society, holds its 129th Annual Spring Rose Show at the Lloyd Center on Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9. There are thousands of roses on display from hundreds of private gardens from around the region.
In one of her final official duties, Queen Grace Ramstad will hold court as she welcomes visiting dignitaries at the Royal Rosarian Honorary Knighting Ceremony, held annually in the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden amphitheater Friday, June 9, at 9:30 a.m.
The Rose Festival’s final weekend of Brilliant celebrations at CityFair runs Friday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.