The smallest of the Rose Festival’s three parades, the Fred Meyer Junior Parade is the nation’s oldest and largest children’s parade and has been an official Rose Festival event since 1936.
You can download a free, “grab and go” copy of the Star’s Junior Parade guide and map, sponsored by the Hollywood Boosters, here.
This year, the parade will be held on Wednesday, June 8, and will begin rolling down Northeast Sandy Boulevard at about 1:00 p.m. The parade begins at Northeast 52nd Avenue and ends at Grant High School.
Children come from all parts of the city, dressing in costume, decorating their bikes with colorful flowers, or just parading with their pets – and parents.
Elementary and Middle School marching bands also participate in the pint-size parade and kids can enjoy their moment in the spotlight, which will be broadcast live on FOX 12 local television..
The parade will have four themed sections this year. Our Best Friends, presented by Mud Bay, Procession of the Species, presented by Laurelwood Public House, Be active. Play safe. Stay healthy. presented by Randall Children’s Hospital and Caring for Pets & People presented by Hannah the Pet Society. America’s wildfire prevention icon Smokey Bear has been named Grand Marshal of the parade.