As part of what seems to be the longest goodbye to flooring ever, the Portland Rose Festival named the Portland International Airport carpet grand marshal of the 2015 Starlight Parade in late May.
The rolled carpet was expressionless during the announcement, surrounded by its own security detail of TSA agents at the airport’s PDX Carpet Fair on Friday.
The old carpet is an abstract rendering of what an air traffic controller can see from the PDX tower at night. Since the replacement announcement in 2013, the carpet has become a social media phenomenon. When walking through the airport, it’s not unusual to run into plenty of people taking a picture of their feet with the now famous flooring.
Outfitted with a PDX cap and googly eyes, the carpet will lead more than 100 floats through the streets of downtown Portland. Some 325,000 people are expected to see it roll by.
The Port of Portland decided to remove and recycle a majority of the carpet that’s worse for wear, but 4,000 square feet of salvageable pieces will be available for sale through local vendors later this year.