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Thousands enjoy sunny skies, flowery floats at Rose Festival Parade

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Thousands packed Portland's streets on a sunny Saturday for a beloved annual tradition - the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade.

Minutes after being crowned the Rose Festival Queen, Hannah Rice of Madison High School was whisked away on a float down the parade route as the first floats left Memorial Coliseum and headed for downtown Portland.

The flowerful celebration featured 17 all-floral floats, 18 marching bands, 19 equestrian units and a number of special entries. Parade watchers saw vintage cars, colorful dancers and, of course, the Clown Prince waving from his own moving throne.

Portlanders have long associated the Rose Festival Parade with rainy days, but that was hardly the case in 2013 as sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s greeted hundreds of thousands of people on the route.

The parade featured three sections: Celebrate Oregon, Celebrate Services and Celebrate Cultures. Grand Floral Parade Grand Marshal Gerry Frank, of Meier & Frank fame, waved to the crowd in the Celebrate Oregon section. Frank was chief of staff to former U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield for 20 years. He has been an honorary director of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation since 1969.

The Grand Floral Parade may be over, but there are still no shortage of other events going on in conjunction with the big parade. Rose Festival CityFair will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. if you want to check out rides and special attractions. The Dragon Boat Races will be taking place all day Saturday and Sunday.

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