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2023 Grand Floral Parade float will celebrate Oregon arts, heritage, and humanities

The Oregon Cultural Trust’s vibrant artwork showcases dozens of symbols representing the state’s diverse peoples and cultural traditions.

A rendering of a colorful parade float featuring Oregon symbols.

“The Cultural Trust float will be the cornerstone of a whole section of the parade that will celebrate Oregon,” said Rose Festival CEO Marilyn Clint.

Rendering via Oregon Cultural Trust

If you attend the 2023 Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, June 10, you may notice a float with a familiar design.

The Oregon Cultural Trust float will showcase the same artwork created by artist Liza Mana Burns for the Celebrate Oregon! license plate unveiled in 2021. You may also recognize the design from matching murals temporarily displayed in Oregon’s four largest airports.

Celebrate Oregon! is a colorful tapestry with 127 symbols that “reflect and respect the diversity of Oregon’s people and cultural traditions.” The float will feature some of the symbols, along with QR codes spectators can scan with their phones to see and learn more.

The float will be accompanied by entries that also represent the artwork, including folklórico dancing group Ballet Papalotl and the White Lotus dance team’s 100-ft-long Chinese dragon.

Cultural Trust donors have through Monday, June 5, to enter a drawing for a chance to ride on the float with Liza.

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