PORTLAND-- After a severe storm system blew through the area Friday night, Saturday morning was calm, and even sunny at times, all throughout the 100th Annual Grand Floral Parade.

The Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade is recognized around the world as one of the most spectacular floral exhibits of the year and is the crown jewel of the Portland Rose Festival.

Famous Oregon Zoo elephant Packy was the Grand Marshal this year. He wasn't able to physically lead the parade, but he was celebrated with his own float, and an honorary poop crew followed along to show he was there in spirit. Packy turned 50 this year at the Oregon Zoo.

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The Queen of Rosaria, Kate Sinnott of Central Catholic High School, was crowned just before the parade, and was presented to the public on the Rose Court float.

The parade entries wound through the 4.2-mile, route from the Memorial Coliseum through downtown Portland. Spectators lined the streets, hoping the rain showers would hold off. And they did.

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KGWMeteorologist Rod Hill said the skies should remain dry until the end of the week.

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