'It brings out the city, which I think is awesome'

'It brings out the city, which I think is awesome' »Play Video
The Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade is the crown jewel of the annual Rose Festival, anticipated annually by both locals and the festival guests. 2012 marks the 100th time this Portland icon has taken to the streets. - 6/9 - (Kai Hayashi / KATU.com)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The streets of Portland came alive on Saturday for the biggest event of the Rose Festival - the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade.

This marked the 100th year of the parade, which had 14 floats, 18 marching bands and so much more.

The Rose City's famous elephant, Packy, was the Grand Marshal. He wasn't actually in the parade but there was a float in his honor.

"It brings out the city, which I think is awesome," said Tim Briare. "The rain has stopped for today, so everybody comes out. I think the mood is great. It really shows what Portland is all about - a lot of great spirit."

This year's turnout was estimated to be around 400,000 people, about the same as last year.

For those who want to get an up-close look at this year's floats, they are on display this weekend on Southwest Naito Parkway next to CityFair. You can view them through 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Queen of Rosaria

Before the parade got going, the Rose Festival crowned a new queen. Kate Sinnott, a senior at Central Catholic, was chosen as this year's Queen of Rosaria.

"I was very surprised," she said. "We have so many amazing candidates. I'm really thankful."

Sinnott will represent Portland and the Rose Festival for one year at appearances in the U.S. and abroad.

More Rose Festival Fun

Here's a look at the rest of the Portland Rose Festival events that will round out this year's celebration:

First off is the Milk Carton Boat Races, which will be held Sunday, June 10 at Westmoreland Park in the Sellwood area. This is where folks make their own watercrafts out of milk jugs or cartons and then see how well they can navigate them across the casting pond at the park.

That same afternoon, the Conchords Chorale will perform at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland.

And finally, the Portland International Raceway will be hosting the Rose Cup Races next weekend. This is the oldest amateur road-racing event west of the Mississippi River.