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Fred Meyer Junior Parade Sets Up for March on NE Sandy Boulevard

Featuring the most school bands together in one Rose Festival event, the nations oldest and largest all children’s parade — the Fred Meyer Junior Parade is getting ready to step off this Wednesday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m., on Northeast Sandy Boulevard. Thousands of fans who line the mile long route will get a Peek At Who will be the Grand Marshal for this 83rd children’s takeover of Portland streets (big grin).

Families that can use a little touch up or would love to add more decoration to their kids entries can stop by the Portland Trail Blazers ‘Creation Station,’ and choose flowers, ribbons and Blazer swag to boost their colorful image. The Creation Station is located at NE 52nd Avenue and Sacramento Street, near the parade start point. While there, get a free photo from the Fred Meyer Photo Booth, and take home a souvenir of a great memory.

With three sections of bands, bands, and a few more bands led by the lovable Fred Bear, highlights include:

Empowering Kids presented by Pacific Power ~ features last year’s Sweepstakes winning band Pleasant Valley Middle School, and Rose Festival President Teri Bowles-Atherton.

Let’s Play presented by The Portland Clinic ~ features the colorful dance and drill team Danza del Sol from Beach Elementary, the Royal Rosarian Prime Minister Don Thacker and Portland Rose Society President Joyce Hemmerling.

Play Smart presented by First Student ~ features the First Student Safety Dog and the King School Lions Drill Team.

Street closures for the Fred Meyer Junior Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday around the parade route that includes NE Sandy Boulevard from 57th Avenue to 40th Avenue, North to NE Tillamook Street and West to NE 36th Avenue at Grant High School.

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. Watch the Fred Meyer Junior Parade on FOX12 PLUS starting at 1:00 p.m.