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2018 Junior Parade Grand Marshal is a Pickle!

Fred Meyer Junior Parade Picks Popular Portland Pickle for Prestigious Position

Celebrating a century of parading kids, the Fred Meyer Junior Parade has selected Dillon the Pickle, mascot of the West Coast League Portland Pickles Baseball team, as Grand Marshal of the 2018 Fred Meyer Junior Parade, Wednesday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m. on NE Sandy Boulevard and 52nd AVE in the Hollywood district.

“As Junior Parade Chair, I am thrilled to welcome Portland’s tastiest mascot, Dillon the Pickle as Grand Marshal of our parade!” says Jeremy Emerson, Rose Festival Board Member. “My family and I absolutely love the Portland Pickles baseball experience. In the summer, in East Portland, it’s the most truly “Portland” way to enjoy a family night at the ballpark, and Dillon is my daughter’s favorite part. He’s also the most selfie-friendly pickle in town!”

This year’s parade will feature three sections with 29 middle school bands keeping the music going from end to end.

  • Empowering Kids by Pacific Power featuring OMSI and STEM participants empowering kids to reach their potential
  • Furry Friends Play Happy honoring the Oregon Humane Society and all our furry friends and companions
  • Play Smart by First Student rounding out the core of the parade entertainment with bands, batons, drill teams and dancers

The Fred Meyer Junior Parade can be seen on FOX 12 News starting at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

The Portland Pickles are a collegiate wood bat baseball team founded in 2015 and based in Portland, Oregon. The Pickles are a member of the West Coast League. They play their home games at Walker Stadium in Portland’s Lents Park. The Pickles are all about FUN and are recognized for presenting the best live-sporting entertainment package in the Portland area. Pickles baseball prides itself on presenting an affordable family atmosphere as well as its community involvement. The Pickles offer special discounts to groups and encourage fundraising opportunities for organizations throughout the greater Portland area.

“In June of 1918 six children, encouraged by Mrs. W. S. Spinning and Mr. S. M. Arbuckle, a district merchant, held their first parade on NE 44th Street. The queen was drawn in a little express wagon by two boys, followed by two bicycles and a tricycle, decorated and ridden by children. Barbara Cable was the queen. In 1919, a Dorothy Schneider living on NE 45th Street was queen and ten children took part in the parade.” From “The History of the Junior Rose Festival” by S. L. Siner (Oregon Historical Society).