Rain? No worries in the 2017 Grand Floral Parade

New route for the 2017 Grand Floral Parade

The Grand Floral Parade entertained thousands along the route, June 10, 2017 (KOIN)


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Rain or shine for more than 100 years the Grand Floral Parade has been the crown jewel of the Rose Festival. But the 2017 parade took a slightly different route for the floats, marching bands and horses to follow.

The parade, now sponsored by Spirit Mountain Casino, featured 16 full-size all-floral floats, 13 all-floral mini-floats, 13 marching bands and 22 equestrian units.

“My favorite parts are the bands and the horses,” spectator Heidi Schade said. “Other parades I love to see too. I’ve been in the parade before also it’s nice. I’m so glad I’m doing this right now.”

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

The rain didn’t deter thousands from lining the route.

“Got the umbrella. Got the hat. Got the coats. Got the layers. I’m ready!” spectator Christina Sells told KOIN before the parade started.