March for Peace Corps in Portland’s Grand Floral Parade!


RPCVs from around the Pacific Northwest are invited to march in Portland’s Grand Floral Parade!

Peace Corps continues to resonate with the Portland Rose Festival! The Columbia River Peace Corps Association has been invited to march in the Grand Floral Parade for a third consecutive year with our full, 140-flag entry. RPCVs from around the Pacific Northwest are invited to join us!

This year’s Grand Floral Parade is Saturday, June 8, morning to early afternoon (our start and end time will be announced in May). The parade goes forward in any weather, and marchers should be prepared to walk four miles.

RSVP to Brittany McLean, or 817-851-9129, ASAP if you want to march in the Grand Floral Parade. Flags will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis, so in your message, please include:

Your name
Phone number
Email address
Your country of service
Other Peace Corps country flags you’d be willing to carry if your country’s flag has already been reserved

Marchers will have the choice of wearing host country attire OR CRPCA’s parade t-shirt with khaki pants. The t-shirts were designed by James Cloutier for maximum visual impact during parades. They will be selling them for $5.00 each. Order your size (adult S, M, L, XL) on our Checkout page. The t-shirts will be delivered at select CRPCA events this spring, and they’ll also be available at our Parade Practice Picnic on Fri 6/07 and on parade morning Sat 6/08. Marchers, please refrain from wearing other USA-printed t-shirts during the parade.

CRPCA’s 3rd annual Parade Practice Picnic will be on the evening of Friday, June 7.

The event will begin with a 5:30 pm potluck dinner at the shelter adjacent to Willamette Park’s play structure. Please bring your family/friends and a dish to share, with plates, utensils, and drinks for everyone in your party. (BYOB beer and wine are permitted under our reservation.) At 7:00 pm the RPCV participants in our Grand Floral Parade entry will practice flagpole assembly and marching protocol. The Parade Practice is optional for parade participants, but all who’ve attended this event in past years had a terrific time!
Willamette Park is in SW Portland’s Johns Landing neighborhood. Take SW Macadam to SW Nebraska and turn east toward the Willamette River, then take this road until it ends at a turnaround. If you can find parking there, that’s closest to our gathering point. If not, turn back around and park in the big lot, then walk south to the picnic shelter. Parking is free after 5pm. We’ll be there rain or shine!