BAGUIO CITY — Seventeen street dance groups are expected to entertain tourists lined up along Session Road, Magsaysay Avenue and Harrison Road as the Baguio Flower Festival weekend opens with the Grand Street Dancing Parade on Saturday (Feb. 27).

The first of the weekend activity will culminate at the New Baguio Athletic Bowl with the field demonstrations of participants.

Eleven of the street dancing groups participate with its drum and lyre band to compete in the Elementary Category of the Best Street Dance Group Competition including the eight qualifiers in the Feb. 1 Grand Opening Parade — Mabini Elementary School (ES), Baguio Central ES, Dona Aurora ES, Josefa Carino ED, Jose P. Laurel ES, Lucban ES, Quezon ES and Pinget ES.

The eight qualifiers will join the Aguinaldo, Dominican-Mirador, and Don Mariano Marcos ES which may also join the parade as “guest performers”.

The street dance participants will be in their colorful costumes and props made out of recycled materials for their performance.

Six more groups will participate for the open category, including the past winners of the competition.

Twenty-three flower floats are expected to participate in the Grand Flower Float Parade on February 28 with the inclusion of the new category — Small Floats Category.

The floats will negotiate the 500 meter length of downhill Session Road, counter flow on both sides of Harrison Road and, finally, at the Melvin Jones Football Field for the whole day display.

Evangeline Payno, chief of the Baguio Flower Festival Secretariat on Wednesday said the floats will be required to use, at least, 10 percent potted plants as opined by Department of Tourism Cordillera Regional Office Director Marie Venus Tan.

The potted plants may or may not be donated but it will be re-planted as soon as the day ends, Payno added.

The idea of the potted plants was tied up with having vertical gardens along the main roads to re-green the area.

Vehicular traffic routes were planned by the Baguio City Police Office Traffic Management Bureau with advisories in tarpaulins, in place.

Volunteers from the different universities are briefed by the Panagbenga secretariat, Payno said.

Other Flower Festival activities to look forward to are the Baguio Blooms exhibition and exposition at Lake Drive, Burnham Park until March 6; Mr. Panagbenga Muscle Showdown at Baguio Convention Center (Feb. 27); Session Road In Bloom from February 29 to March 6; March 5 — Pony Boys’ Day at Wright Park and the closing day programs on March 6 which will open with Tambalang Saya and the closing ceremonies at the New Baguio Athletic Bowl with the Grand Fireworks display firing off from several areas around the Central Business District. PNA/northboundasia.com