Saturday, June 30, 2012
We went to Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade on the 9th of June, a beautiful, sunny Saturday. The theme for this year is Rock 'n' Roses. It is the second largest all-floral parade in North America and the single-largest event in Oregon. More than 500,000 spectators lined the 4.3 mile parade route which begins inside the Memorial Coliseum and continues through DOwntown Portland.
We reached there at 10am, and there was already a lot of people sitting along the street. We were lucky as we are still able to get a place. The three girls sit there quietly, waiting for the parade to start.
We also brought along some homemade banana chips.
ES got a sticker from the fire fighter.
Policemen were joining in the parade too...
Rose Festival Clown Prince
Clackamas County Fair Princess
With their air stewardess
Delta Society Therapy Llama
Double Decker PDX
Union Pacific Railroad
Rose Festival Character Clown Corps
West Salem Titan Marching band
The 100th Grand Floral Parade has tapped another Portland icon to serve as grand marshal this year. Packy the elephant turned 50 in April, and while his presence in the parade will be more representative than real. In Rose Festival memory this is the first time a grand marshal has been chosen who was unable to appear live. Packy's image was featured on a float sponsored by Bank of America, and he was accompanied by 50 ZooGuides, each marking a year of his age. Back in 1962, less than two months after Packy was born, the Rose Festival contemplated making him grand marshal and having him ride in the back of a convertible! Mama Belle and Papa Thonglaw were less than supportive of that untenable arrangement.
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Pearson Air Museum
Rose SOciety Award
Century High School Marching Band
We are Ducks, We are Oregon!
Oregon City High School
Oregon Trail Interpretive Centre
Theme Award - won by Fred Myer.
Queen Thelma Award
Rose Festival Court Award
Battle Ground High School Tiger Band
United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps - Decatur Division
By Scouts of America
Judge's award - Portland Kao Hsiung Sister City Association
Shu-Te High School Marching Band, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Columbia River Peace Corps Association
We saw Malaysia's flag there too - the man wearing baju melayu & songkok at the back row
Vietnamese - Community of Oregon
Portland - Guadalajala Sister City Association
Indonesian Community of Oregon
High five at the end!
The organising committee is really efficient. Cleaning up the sreet immediatey after the event.
Passed by an old building when we walked to our car.
Overall, the girls enjoyed the parade very much. Glad that they really sit there for three hours, without making much noise. They can still tell me what they saw in the parade even till today.