Portland, Oregon's Rose Festival Reaches A Milestone

Tess IronsStarred Page By Tess Irons, 25th May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The city of Portland is gearing up for its annual Rose Festival Parade, highlighting its 100th year celebration. This event will feature hundreds of rose species that decorate several floats parading in the streets of Portland, Oregon.

The Portland Rose Festival

Portland's Rose Festival traditon started during the first decade of the 20th century. This tradition has made Portland famous for its award-winning community events that highlight volunteerism, patriotism, and environmentalism. This year marks its 100th year making Portland reach a milestone that proves how the city has provided positive impact on hundreds of thousand of lives annually. Each summer, dozens of events spotlight the diverse culture of the community that bring smiles to the faces of both locals and visitors. Thousands of volunteers participate to make this event possible and successful. The celebration goes on from late May until early June.

Starlight Parade

This is considered to be the sparkling side of the Portland Rose Festival. This parade will take place on June 2nd. A wide variety of highlights will be featured such as the traditional marching bands, flood-lit floats, glow-in-the-dark umbrellas, and all other diverse community group entries representing the Northwest region.

There will be 2 sections in this parade. The Spirit of the West section will be represented by Spirit Mountain Casino with floats from communities of Oregon and Washington. The Portlandia section will showcase everything unique that Portland has and is proud to offer.

Also to be highlighted in this parade will be the Clean and Green program, sponsored by Portland General Electric (PGE) and Sustaining Oregon's Legacy by Volunteering (SOLV) aiming to make this parade to be one of the cleanest in America. Before the start of the parade, volunteers will be distributing bags to help keep litters and recyclable items off the streets. Right after the last parade, there will be a post-parade featuring the clean up crew filled with volunteers and professionals picking up trash and washing the streets clean.

Grand Floral Parade

The Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade is anticipated annually by multitudes of festival guests. Taking place on June 9th, it is considered to be the crown jewel of the annual Rose Festival. Year 2012 marks the 100th year of its celebration. Over the 105-year length of the festival, the parade was cancelled 5 times due to the ongoing wars. This year, the parade will feature 14 beautiful floats that are floral-covered. It will also feature a lot of musical pieces to highlight this year's festival theme Rock 'n' Roses. Several marching bands, equestrian groups, dancers, marchers, and singers will join the line up of entertainers to grace this festive event. The festival's mascot, the Clown Prince, will kick off the parade.

Another highlight in this year's Grand Floral Parade will be a replica of Packy, the elephant, who turned 50 in April. While the live Packy will not be there, his image will be featured on a float and will be accompanied by 50 ZooGuides, each representing the year of his existence.

Queen's Coronation

The Festival Queen will be crowned on June 9th to represent Portland and the Rose Festival for one year at appearances throughout the country and abroad. The queen is chosen by judges considering the candidate's leadership and scholastic achievement, volunteer projects, school and civic involvement, communication skills, and overall impression. The queen's coronation will be presented by Pacific Power Corporation. The newly crowned queen and several other princesses representing different high schools in Portland will ride in the Spirit Mountain Casino float.

Other Highlights

There are many other things that are going to be featured at the Rose Festival. The Portland Society Annual Spring Rose Show will present a delightful rose garden spring show at Lloyd Center Ice Rink. This is the largest and longest running rose show in the country. This year, there will be 4,000 estimated rose blooms to be featured, all of which have exquisite beauty and fragrances. The event is happening full days on June 7th and 8th.

This year will also highlight the annual Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race. The race competition will be held on June 9th and 10th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Willamette River with 80 teams participating. Boats will be provided through the kindness of Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association.

If you happen to miss the Starlight and Grand Floral parades, you still have a chance to see the floats and have a closer look at them. Be sure to visit the Grand Floral Parade Float Showcase on SW Naito Parkway, adjacent to City Fair on Saturday, June 11th from 3:00 to 10:00 pm and on Sunday, June 12th from 11: am to 4:00 pm.

Plan your week and don't miss the fun. Enjoy!

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author avatar Buzz
26th May 2012 (#)

Wow, what sights to see but sigh, so far from me.:-) Great write, hon. Congrats on the star!

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author avatar Tess Irons
26th May 2012 (#)

Thanks, Buzz. Yes, it's very far from you, which is why I wrote this article, to let you get a glimpse of this spectacular Rose Festival.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
26th May 2012 (#)

Delighted to know about the Rose festival. Thank you for sharing and congrats for the star.

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author avatar Tess Irons
26th May 2012 (#)

Thanks, Pradeep. Honestly, Portland is just a few minutes drive from my place but I haven't been to the Rose Festival.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
26th May 2012 (#)

lovely piece Tess...thanks so much...

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author avatar Tess Irons
26th May 2012 (#)

Thanks for your comment, cnwriter.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th May 2012 (#)

What a delightful share with stunning pictures. Thanks, Tess - siva

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author avatar Tess Irons
1st Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks, siva. Rose Festival is a big celebration, and the pictures speak for it.

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