Road closures for Grand Floral Parade

Grand Floral Parade watchers placed chairs along a Portland sidewalk to reserve their spot a day before the parade begins, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Grand Floral Parade watchers placed chairs along a Portland sidewalk to reserve their spot a day before the parade begins, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The centerpiece of the Rose Festival, the Grand Floral Parade, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. But the road closures begin around 7 a.m.

The Grand Floral Parade route for June 7, 2014 (Rose Festival)
The Grand Floral Parade route for June 7, 2014 (Rose Festival)

The parade begins by going through the Memorial Coliseum, then travels down MLK Jr. Boulevard, across the Burnside Bridge, and ends at Lincoln High School.

The Burnside Bridge closes at 7 a.m. and will stay closed until 2 p.m.

Other closures and traffic changes, according to the Rose Festival website, are:

The parade route closes at 8:00 a.m. on the east side and 9:00 a.m. on the west side. Freeway exits around the Rose Quarter close at 7:00 a.m. The formation area around the Rose Quarter closes at 6:00 a.m.

The following streets are closed:
NE 1st from Holladay to MLK Jr Blvd
NE Interstate from Occidental to Broadway
Morrison 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 that 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.

The police can only guarantee that traffic will be able to cross the parade line at Benton St to get into the garages until 8:00 a.m. If it is safe enough to be clear, they will keep it open longer.

The following streets observe alternate routes: SW 2nd Ave Northbound lanes and SW 3rd Ave Southbound lanes open to Tri-Met.

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