Grand Floral Parade: Building a healthier future now

Image of Grand Floral Parade Float Design featuring statues of three children sitting with oversized alphabet blocks over the phrase "building a healthier future now"

CareOregonians have been hard at work decorating our Building Blocks float for the Spirit Mountain Grand Floral Parade happening this Saturday.

It’s a shared moment of community where CareOregon volunteers get to partner with Portland Rose Festival to create a float that represents the building blocks of good health.

Many of our volunteers spent hours upon hours in shared space decorating the blocks with all organic materials, such as lentils, poppyseeds, popcorn kernels and lima beans, and adorning the float with thousands of red, yellow, pink, peach and orange roses.

CareOregon's float uses a simple metaphor to celebrate children, the partnership with the CareOregon Boys and Girls Club of Rockwood, CareOregon's hope for the future and the fundamental components of good health like housing, nutrition, education and more.

We hope you’ll join us for the Grand Floral Parade this Saturday at 10 a.m. and watch all the grand floats wind the city streets in this 100-year-old tradition.

Some stats about our float:
  • 11,300 fresh flowers, including roses and gerber daisies
  • 12 kinds of dried beans and seeds, including lima beans, black beans, brown pinto beans, red pinto beans, navy beans, kidney beans, corn kernels, lentils, flax seed, green split pea, coffee beans, poppy seeds
  • Dried flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including strawflower, coconut, onion and parsley
  • Ground rice
  • Seaweed
  • Moss