PORTLAND -- Children from all over the Portland/Vancouver metro area took part in the 2014 Fred Meyer Junior Parade in marching bands, on floats, on bicycles and even with their pets when it marched through the Hollywood District amid cheering street-side fans Wednesday.
The parade started at 1 p.m. in the Hollywood District, just off Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 52nd Avenue. Drivers were warned of major delays near the parade route.
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The popular annual parade featured music from 31 different elementary and middle school marching bands. Dance teams and baton twirlers will also add fun to the big event.
Kids lined the streets to watch the show. KGW talked to some children about their favorite moments.
"I love all those girls and boys that have sticks that have the ball on the end. They throw them up and then catch them. I love that part," said second-grader Mari Baker.
Eight-year-old Sam Turner said he wasn't here last year, but this year he had a lot of fun.
"It's pretty cool because you get to see a ton of people in the parade," he said.
Mari summed up the feeling of the parade.
"I kind of describe it like maybe a rainbow or happiness," she said.
Weather conditions Wednesday were perfect for parade-watching. Temperatures were in the high 60s to low 70s, with clouds but no rain.
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From the beginning, the Portland Rose Festival has celebrated children. The first Rose Festival in 1907 included a children’s parade of 2000 boys and girls representing 23 schools.
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The Junior Parade is the nation’s oldest and largest children’s parade. It has been an official Rose Festival event since 1936.