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Grand Floral Parade wows Portlanders on dry morning

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The 100th Grand Floral Parade kicked off with the crowning of a queen and then continued with a cool, dry day of fun Saturday.

Packy, the Oregon Zoo's iconic elephant, served as grand marshal for the parade. Though he didn't walk the streets of downtown Portland, a Bank of America float featured his likeness.

Fourteen colorful, floral-covered floats made their way down the parade route, including one from Reed College, which, like the Rose Festival, marked a 100-year milestone. There were also 18 traditional marching bands, several dancing groups and three live a cappella singing groups among the 90-plus entries.

The parade started at the Memorial Coliseum and then made its way across the Burnside Bridge to the west side of Portland. It then headed south on Southwest Fourth Avenue, then north on Broadway and south on 10th Avenue. Click here for a map.

If you missed the floats and want a chance to see them, stop by the Grand Floral Parade Float Showcase on Naito Parkway next to CityFair on Saturday between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. or on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

This year's parade television broadcast was hosted by FOX 12's Kimberly Maus and Andy Carson. It was shown live on FOX 12 and A re-air is set for Saturday at 8 p.m. on FOX 12.

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