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Junior Parade Float Building

Junior Parade Float Building Workshop

Date: May 18, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


6136 NE 87th Ave, Portland, OR, 97220

Registration is required.


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Let's Build a Float!

Need Ideas to Build a Float? Join Our Float-Building Workshop on Saturday, May 18th! Registration is Required.

Exciting news for this year's Portland Rose Festival! Immerse yourself in the art of float-building at our brand new Float-Building Workshop on Saturday, May 18th, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., located at the Portland Rose Festival's renowned Big Float Barn: 6136 NE 87th Ave, Portland, OR, 97220.

In this hands-on workshop, explore endless possibilities for crafting your own dazzling parade float. Join decorating and float-building demonstrations, gather inspiration, and let your imagination soar alongside fellow parade enthusiasts.

Gear up to kick-start your parade preparations and unleash your creativity at our Float-Building Workshop! Bring your building and decorating supplies, such as chicken wire, cardboard, and streamers, to work on your float onsite. Alternatively, gather inspiration to take home and continue crafting your float at your leisure. Don't miss this chance to transform your bikes, wagons, dollies, and trailers into captivating parade entries!

Please note: If you register to participate get ready for a logistical challenge as you transport your float home after the workshop. You might be surprised by just how much space those fully assembled floats can take up!

Ready to embark on this creative journey? Register for the workshop here. After registering, closer to the date of the workshop, you'll receive all the essential event details and a list of items to bring along.

Join us and let's make this year's parade a remarkable celebration of creativity and community!

Contact our staff for more information or if you have any questions.

Float Awards!

Honoring generations of fun, we invite float participants to compete for the Rose Festival Best Float awards! Rose Festival judges will base their decisions on creativity, originality, and how entries best showcase the "Dream Forward" theme of the Festival. Awards fall in the following categories:

  • Club Floats
  • School Floats
  • Family/Neighborhood Floats
  • Affinity Group Floats
  • Commercial Floats

Please indicate which category your float falls in on the application form.

Let's Get Playing!

Elementary, Middle, and Junior High School Marching Bands can find more information about parade participation on our Bands Program page.

Milk Carton Boat Workshop

Flex your Milk Carton Skills

Get help from experienced Milk Carton Boat builders at the Portland Rose Festival's renowned Big Float Barn on Saturday, May 18th, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Along with the teachers, who will give you feedback on your plans, Royal Rosarian volunteers will help you work on your boat when you need extra hands!

Nine Racing Categories this year:

  • CHILDREN ages 7-13: single rider or 2 riders or 3-4 riders
  • YOUNG ADULT ages 14-18: single rider or 2 riders or 3-4 riders
  • ADULTS ages 19+: single rider or 2 riders
  • MIXED ages: 2-4 riders (ages 7-adult)

Empty cartons are available M-F, 9 am – 3 pm March 26 to June 15:


16940 SE 130th Ave. Clackamas, OR, 97015.

503-751-8424 (for directions)

(3) Les Schwab Tire Centers:

2500 SE Tacoma St. Portland OR 97202.

16650 SE Division St. Portland OR 97236.

2140 NE Columbia Blvd. Portland OR 97211.

If you have questions, contact Chair Connie Shipley

by email: or call 503-830-1028.

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