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Thousands stroll down Sandy for Rose Festival Junior Parade

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

On Saturday, the Starlight Parade lit up the night in Portland.

This coming weekend, the Grand Floral Parade will show why Portland is called the Rose City.

But in between, on Wednesday, Portland's youth stole the show.

The Fred Meyer Junior Parade, the oldest and largest children's parade in the country, hit the streets of Portland's Hollywood District.

The parade started at Northeast 52nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard and strolled down Sandy to 40th Avenue before finishing on Tillamook Street.

With weather conditions befitting of a parade, the Junior Parade served as an introduction for many young Portlanders into what can often become a lifelong relationship with the Rose Festival.

From marching bands to kids in costumes to the Rose Festival princesses, it was an afternoon to remember in northeast Portland.

Taylor Debnam, from Grant High School, said the parade was just one slice of what has been a memorable experience on the Rose Festival Court.

"I feel like I've been able to fall in love with my city again because I've been able to experience things that I've never done before in Portland even though I've lived here my whole life," she said.

Officer Jeff Dorn, who was shot and wounded in action and whose K-9 partner was killed in the line of duty, served as the Grand Marshal, along with the rest of the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit.

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