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Rose Festival Selects Soccer Champions as Grand Marshal

grand_floral4As if all the hoopla around Portland’s 2016 Rose Festival, June 4 and 11, isn’t enough all by its colorful self, the organizers have gone and invited the local soccer stars to grand marshal the event.
Organizers have asked the 2015 MLS Cup Champions Portland Timbers to lead the 2016 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. The Timbers, who last season commemorated 40 years since the club’s inception in the North American Soccer League, won their first major league soccer title after defeating Columbus Crew SC 2-1, December 6, 2015, at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
A cherished highlight of the Portland Rose Festival, the Rose Parade is scheduled for June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This popular procession is more than a spectacular floral-filled parade; it’s a beloved annual tradition.
For more than 100 years, Portland families, visitors and community groups have been making memories at the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. A colorful reflection of local, regional and international communities, the parade draws hundreds of thousands of cheering viewers of every age, along a 4.2 mile route that winds through city streets and across the river.