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In 1955, Battle Ground, Washington wanted their high school band to march in the Portland Oregon Grand Floral Parade. The band had just received new uniforms, so they wanted to show them off. The only problem was the fact that they needed a float in order to enter their band. Gladis McKinnis decided that they should build a float. The Battle Ground Rose Float committee was born that year.
Every year, people volunteer their time to create a float for the parade. They spend most of the year planning and building the float. Each volunteer has something unique to offer the committee, which means that every volunteer counts.
The Grand Floral Parade requires each float to be built using only organic materials. While that may seem very difficult for some people, the committee finds a way every year.
Each year, the Grand Floral Parade has a general theme that every float should represent. The Battle Ground committee takes that into consideration and discusses their ideas on what their float should look like. They make sure that the idea relates to the general theme.