For the past several blogs, I have literally gone around the world, covering Australia, England and the states of California and Washington. Today it is time to return home and talk about Portland, and we all know what is just round the corner –Rose Festival Parades, Fleet Week and so much more. Because of my business travel, I will not be able to attend the Starlight Parade (tomorrow – Saturday June 4th at 8:30pm), but you can expect to see me the following week at the Grand Floral Parade (Saturday June 11th at 10:00am). The lineup for this year’s parade can be found here.
The rose festival date back in 1907 and the Grand Floral Parade is the second largest of its types in the US. Also according to Wikipedia, it is the largest single-day event that happens in the state of Oregon, attracting some 500,000 spectators.
The parade is made up of bands, dancers, floats, dignitaries, rodeo queens, the rose queen and princesses, the services, clowns and where there are horses – the pooper scoopers. I was not aware of the tradition, the first time I attended the parade, that kids draw a circle in the road, and put their initials in it. If a horse takes a dump in their circle, they win their own local competition. Of course, the prize may just be a load of horse pucky!
But perhaps more than anything else, there will be flowers, and people having fun! After the parade, the floats are usually lined up along Naito Parkway, and it worth taking a closer look at them. Some of the ways in which flowers, fruits and vegetables are used is quite amazing.
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