Rose Festival To Have Canine Grand Marshal

The Oregon Humane Society (OHS), a national leader in animal welfare and the third oldest humane society in the country, is celebrating 150 years of service to the people and pets of Oregon. Selected as the Portland Rose Festival's Official Charity for the 2018 season, OHS is joining forces with the Rose Festival to find Portland's canine royalty and they're asking for the public's help. 

In recognition of the role OHS has played in making Oregon one of the most pet-friendly states in the nation, the Rose Festival will -- for the very first time -- feature a Canine Grand Marshal in the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade, Saturday, June 9, 2018.

"It's wonderful to be able to partner with one of Oregon's most tenured nonprofits, one that's been a part to the community even longer than the Rose Festival," says Marilyn Clint, Rose Festival Chief Operations Officer. 

Dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds are invited to apply for the 2018 Portland Rose Festival Grand Marshal and Canine Court. Five dogs will be honored as the official Canine Court, including one lucky dog being crowned Canine Grand Marshal for the 2018 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. Information and applications are available on the OHS website and at all LexiDog locations.

A panel of representatives from the Oregon Humane Society, LexiDog, Rose Festival and Heathman Hotel panel will pick 20 canine finalists to participate in the Canine Coronation Ceremony at the Heathman Hotel, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 23. During this event, the Canine Court will be chosen! Winners will receive prizes worth up to $1,000. Additionally, during duration of the contest entry window, the Heathman will donate the pet fees charged to all guests who stay with their pets at the hotel to the Oregon Humane Society.

"We are honored to be named the official charity of this year's Portland Rose Festival," says Sharon Harmon, President and CEO, Oregon Humane Society. "Our organizations share a rich history and are part of what makes Oregon unique and special."

"As OHS marks our 150th anniversary, it's the perfect time to celebrate Portland's love for pets by having a Canine Grand Marshal in the Grand Floral Parade," adds Harmon. 

Source: Oregon Humane Society/Portland Rose Festival


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