It’s parade time for the 2017 Rose Festival

"The city of Portland comes together to celebrate and you can feel it"

A float moves down the street during the Rose Festival Junior Parade, June 7, 2017 (KOIN)
A float moves down the street during the Rose Festival Junior Parade, June 7, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Each year, the Rose City celebrates with the Rose Festival, and the highlights are often the parades.

The parade festivities kicked off on Wednesday with the Fred Meyer Junior Parade. Children from all over the city came to celebrate and dressed in costume, transformed wagons into floats, decorated their bikes and paraded around with their pets and family members.

The Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade has been a beloved Portland tradition for more than 100 years. The Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade will make its way to Portland at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The parade will feature 16 full-size all-floral floats, 13 all-floral mini-floats, 13 marching bands and 22 equestrian units.

One of the floats to be seen in the 2017 Rose Festival parade, June 7, 2017 (KOIN)
One of the floats to be seen in the 2017 Rose Festival parade, June 7, 2017 (KOIN)

Sitting at the head of this year’s Reser’s Fine Foods float is the Aztec Empress. The camel’s fur is made of real chopped coconut palm fiber while the inside of the camel’s mouth is made to look as real as possible by texturing it with raspberry-tinted cornmeal.

The Aztec Empress will be accompanied by belly dancers along the 4-mile parade route.

This float will be one of many for Portlanders to enjoy.

Kendra Comerford has been working hard to make this year’s parade as special as previous years. She has a hand in everything from float design to fabrication for 26 years.

Comerford said, “It is a happy thing. The city of Portland comes together to celebrate and you can feel it,”

This year’s parade will start by traveling through the Memorial Coliseum then down MLK Jr. Blvd, across the Burnside Bridge, and into downtown Portland, ending at Lincoln High School.

Weather for Saturday is supposed to be in the high 60s with a chance of rain.

Route map for the 2017 Grand Floral Parade as seen on their website on June 7, 2017.
Route map for the 2017 Grand Floral Parade as seen on their website on June 7, 2017.