Judges crown canine grand marshal of the Rose Festival Parade

Diesel the English mastiff will be the canine grand marshal of the 2018 Rose Festival Parade.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Dogs took a turn on the catwalk Wednesday night at the Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland.

Twenty finalists strutted their stuff in front of the judges to see which would be crowned grand marshal of the Rose Festival Parade.

Five runners-up will serve on the court.

“He’s obviously quite grand. So, Schnitzel fosters senior dogs in his home and he wants everybody to know that having a senior dog is a great time and he’s out to tell people that adopting a dog is a great thing to do,” said Stephanie Grutzmacher whose dachshund, Professor Schnitzel, was one of the finalists.

The judged determined the 2018 grand marshal of the Rose Festival Parade is Diesel, a two-and-a-half-year-old English mastiff.

The five runners-up are Jackson, Burt, Usher, George and Molly.

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