The Battle Ground Rose Float was given the Parade Chairman Award. In the Band Sweepstakes category
PORTLAND — Clark County was well represented in Saturday’s Grand Floral Parade, the cornerstone event of the annual Portland Rose Festival. For more than 100 years, area residents have flocked to the streets of Portland for what is described as “a colorful reflection of local, regional and international communities.’’
This year, Clark County was represented by the following entrants:
- City of Battle Ground Float
- Battle Ground High School Marching Band
- Columbia River High School Marching Band
- Llamas of Southwest Washington
- Hudson’s Bay High School Marching Band
- Prairie High School Marching Band
- Clark County Fair Mounted Patrol
- Clark County Fair Court
The Battle Ground Rose Float was given the Parade Chairman Award. In the Band Sweepstakes category, Prairie High School received first-place honors for Out-of-State Open bands of 100 or more members. In the Out-of-State Division for bands of 99 members or less, Battle Ground High School was awarded first place and Columbia River High School was awarded second place.
The 2019 Grand Floral Parade began at 10 a.m. Saturday under overcast skies and temperatures in the 50s. However, by the time the parade had made its way along its 4-mile route through the city streets and across the Willamette River temperatures had reached 70 degrees.
The parade began at Veterans Memorial Coliseum and worked its way across the Burnside Bridge and through downtown Portland before ending at Lincoln High School. The parade featured the traditional large floats as well as mini-floats, bands, equestrian units, marching groups, drill teams, vintage vehicles, dancers, llamas, flags and more.