Today we will enjoy the Coronation of the 2016 Queen of Rosaria and the Grand Floral Parade. I’ve been told this is a breathtaking event that I will remember forever. I’m looking forward to this experience.
A cherished highlight of the Portland Rose Festival, 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.
Our afternoon is lunch on our own and then back to the hospitality room if we wish. It’s a bit early for cocktails so I’m guessing we won’t show up there until around 5 or so.
Tonight is the Grand Floral Ball where everyone dresses to the nines and enjoys a great meal. There is dancing after the festivities. Hubby and I will have dinner elsewhere and then enjoy some quiet time. These fancy balls are not our cup of tea. We’ve dressed up for events before, but have decided we don’t want to do that anymore.
This is our last day in Portland and tomorrow will find us back on the road heading toward home. We have one more stop to make and I’m looking forward to that visit very much. More about that tomorrow.
Image Credit: Rose Festival