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The Grand Floral Parade begins by traveling through the Memorial Coliseum. It then travels down MLK Jr. Blvd, across the Burnside Bridge, and into downtown Portland, ending at Lincoln High School.

Grand Floral Parade Route Map

Getting to the Parade

Need a ride to the Event? 

The Rose Festival is offering a convenient drop-off and pick-up location for car2go at Hotel Rose (50 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204) during Rose Festival from May 27 – June 12.  New users can go to www.car2go.com to sign up and use promo code ROSE0015 for FREE registration and 15 minutes of drive time.


Take TriMet to the Grand Floral Parade!
Visit TriMet for a list of all bus routes, times, and locations. The MAX also has many convenient stops along the parade route.

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For parking information, visit Travel Portland or the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Additional parking is available at Old Town Chevron (located at 4th and West Burnside), low parking rates open 24 hours.

Parade Rules and Amenities

The Parade Access Ordinance is still in effect. Parade fans are welcome to save their spots, in person, 24 hours before the parade. Please do not use tape, paint, or chalk to mark your viewing spot. Portable toilets (view map) will be provided along the route for those who intend to camp, and there are designated viewing areas for elderly guests and those with disabilities. There is no public seating on MLK Blvd. from NE Pacific to NE Oregon on the East side of the street and NE Holladay to NE Lloyd on the West side of the street. For more information, see the 2016 Public Access Parade Flyer.

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Parade Seating for the Disabled
The Portland Rose Festival — in cooperation with the City of Portland and TriMet — will be offering handicap-accessible seating in two locations along the Grand Floral Parade route.

Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)
All Handicap-accessible parade-line seating in this reserved area at the south end of the Oregon Convention Center property has been filled. For those who have already requested handicap seating, your passes will be mailed to you in late May. Chairs will be provided and outside food and beverages are permitted. If you have questions, please contact Kate Schiewe at gro.l1477509485avits1477509485efeso1477509485r@set1477509485ak1477509485 or 503.227.2681. Please note that parking is NOT included — arrival by TriMet is encouraged.

East side of SW Broadway between Yamhill & Morrison
Priority seating for the disabled and elderly is available on a first-come first-served basis on parade morning along Broadway at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Guests must bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on, chairs will not be provided. Arrival by MAX light rail to the Pioneer Courthouse Square stop is encouraged.

Road Closures

  • The formation area around the Rose Quarter closes at 6:00 a.m. The parade route closes at 7:00 a.m. on the east side and 8:00 a.m. on the west side. Freeway exits around the Rose Quarter close at 7:00 a.m.
  • In addition to the parade route the following streets are closed:
    Steel Bridge
    NE 1st from Holladay to MLK Jr Blvd
    NE Interstate from Occidental to Broadway
    Burnside Bridge from MLK Jr Blvd to SW 2nd Ave
  • The disband area around Lincoln High School closes at 10:00 a.m.
    The following streets are closed:
    SW 14th to 18th
    SW Salmon to Burnside
  • The I-5 Southbound freeway off-ramp (Exit 302A) stays open the longest. If you are traveling Northbound on I-5, take I-405 North, go over the Fremont Bridge, and go South on I-5 to exit at the Rose Quarter.
  • Broadway is open for Westbound traffic until 9:45 a.m.  We recommend you use the Freemont Bridge for Eastbound traffic.
  • Access to the Rose Quarter Garages closes at 8:00 a.m.
  • The following streets observe alternate routes: SW 2nd Ave Northbound lanes and SW 3rd Ave Southbound lanes open to Tri-Met.

Parade Activities

  • The Grand Floral Parade is televised live at the Memorial Coliseum
  • Band judging takes place at Hotel Eastlund on NE MLK Jr Blvd
  • Equestrian judging takes place at the south end of the Oregon Convention Center on NE MLK Jr Blvd

Public Address Tower Locations

  • 1st & Weidler (Versa-Steel)
  • Weidler & MLK BLVD (Starbucks)
  • MLK Blvd (Burgerville)
  • MLK Blvd (Oregon Convention Center)
  • MLK & Davis (URS Electronics)
  • MLK & Burnside (Wentworth Subaru/Chevrolet)
  • Burnside Bridge (West Tower)
  • 4th & Burnside (Old Town Chevron)
  • 4th & Stark (Oregon Pioneer BLDG)
  • 4th & Morrison (Starbucks)
  • Broadway & Salmon (Heathman Hotel)
  • Broadway & Yamhill (Pioneer Courthouse Square)
  • Broadway & Washington (Hotel Vintage Plaza)
  • 10 & Stark (Mug Shots)
  • 10th & Morrison (Galleria)
  • Taylor | 12th & 13th (West End Ballroom)

Many thanks to these locations for allowing the Rose Festival to use their property for our PA Towers!