Thousands line streets as Junior Parade strolls through NE Portland

Thousands line streets as Junior Parade strolls through NE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Thousands of children took to the Hollywood District on Wednesday afternoon to take part in the  Fred Meyer Junior Parade, one of the biggest events of the Portland Rose Festival and the largest children's parade in the nation.

Thousands lined the streets to watch the parade, which has been part of the Rose Festival since 1936. Families, first-time parade watchers and others have made the Junior Parade an annual tradition throughout the years.

There were appearances by Fred Meyer's Fred Bear, Benny the Beaver from Oregon State University, Blaze from the Portland TrailBlazers and a host of others.

There were also 29 school marching bands which took part in the parade, along with children from school groups, scout troops, youth clubs and other groups.

The Grand Marshals of the parade were Will and Allie Rosenfeld, who donated more than $65,000 to help fund cancer research.