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It's time for Portland's parade! Rose Fest Grand Floral Parade underway

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The excitement that surrounds the Portland Rose Festival reached its peak Saturday when the Rose City's signature parade took over city streets.

The 2014 Grand Floral Parade started at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Coliseum and started to wind  its way into downtown Portland.

If you can't make it in person, watch LIVE on FOX 12 from 10 a.m. to noon or see it on

WATCH LIVE: 2014 Grand Floral Parade

There will be 14 all-floral floats, 17 marching bands and 19 equestrian teams, not to mention vintage cars, colorful dancers and the Rose Festival's Clown Prince. View the full lineup here (PDF).

The 2014 Grand Marshal will be the One More Time Around Again Marching Band, which is marking its 30th straight year marching through the Rose Festival. More than 400 people perform in the band, which will cover two city blocks during its march down the parade route.

MAP: View the map of the parade route

Can I reserve a spot along the route?

You're welcome to save your spot 24 hours before the parade, but Rose Festival organizers ask that you do not use tape, paint or chalk to mark your viewing spot.

If you intend to camp, portable toilets (map) will be provided and there are designated spots for elderly guests and those with disabilities.

You can also pay to reserve a parade seat on

What's the forecast?

Is perfection OK with you?

FOX 12 meteorologists are forecasting a high of 78 degrees on Saturday with a low of 55 degrees.

No rain is expected.

What's the best way to get around downtown?

TriMet says it's expecting a big ridership day for the Grand Floral Parade.

Twenty bus lines and all MAX lines will serve the Portland City Center on Saturday, and extra MAX trains will run as needed before and after the parade.

During the event, TriMet recommends adding 15 to 30 minutes to trips through downtown because the MAX trains will need to be stopped periodically due to the parade. Ten bus lines – 4, 6, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 35, 44 and 54/56 - will also be detoured because they intersect the parade route.

Two more tips for those of you relying on TriMet:

  • Consider taking regular bus service or a different MAX line to leave the Portland City Center and then transfer to the line you want. For example, catch a Green Line train on Sixth Avenue and transfer to the Blue Line at Gateway Transit Center.
  • Avoid bringing big strollers on MAX. As the trains get crowded, those with a big stroller may have to wait. The same goes for those with bikes.

Complete road closures are listed at

Where can I see the floats?

Did you miss the parade but still want to see the floats in person?

A float showcase will take place Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You'll find the floats on Southwest Naito Parkway adjacent to CityFair.

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