Union High named top band in Grand Floral Parade

Heritage, Battle Ground high win divisions; Battle Ground float honored

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photoThe Battle Ground float cruises the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade in Portland on Saturday. It won the Rose Festival Court Award as the best example of enthusiasm and teamwork.

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photoThe Heritage High School band won its division -- out of state band with 100 or more members -- Saturday at the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade in Portland.

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photoThe Battle Ground High School band won its division -- out of state band with 99 or fewer members -- Saturday at the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade in Portland.

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photoHeritage High School cheerleaders won a special award for band support Saturday at the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade.

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Vancouver’s Union High School marched away with top honors Saturday during the 100th edition of the Grand Floral Parade as part of the Portland Rose Festival.

Union won the Band Sweepstakes Award, naming it the best band in the parade, in an event that also saw honors go to marching bands from Heritage and Battle Ground high schools, as well as awards for band support to cheerleaders from Heritage High School. The Battle Ground Community Float also was honored with the Rose Festival Court Award.

The Grand Floral Parade, Oregon’s largest single-day spectator event, wound 4.2 miles through Portland and featured floats, bands, costumed marchers, equestrian teams and even a delegation of llamas from Southwest Washington.

Here are the awards presented to Clark County entries:

Battle Ground Rose Float: Rose Festival Court Award (Best example of enthusiasm and teamwork)

Union High School: Band Sweepstakes (Best Band in Parade)

Heritage High School: First Place, Out of State Open (100 or more members)

Battle Ground High School: First Place, Out of State Division A (99 members or fewer)

Heritage High School: Caption Award (Band Support: Cheerleading)