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A Twinkling, Summer Night Downtown

One of our most popular events, the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade offers funky, eclectic fun for everyone. From traditional marching bands and flood-lit floats, to glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and unique hand-built entries, you’ll see the best of Portland’s diverse community groups (and surrounding Northwest region) together in one whimsical pageant.


The Starlight Parade continues a longtime festival tradition from the early 1900s, when illuminated floats built on electric trolley cars made their way through the city on trolley tracks. Today, participants light up the night with approximately 100 illuminated entries along a 2.25-mile route. The parade draws more than 325,000 spectators to downtown Portland, and is also broadcast live from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. on FOX 12. Don’t miss the fun of one of the Rose Festival’s best and brightest traditions!

Apply for the 2015 Starlight Parade!

It’s your chance to shine! Applications for the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade are now available. There’s no better way to celebrate your company, group, organization or cause than to light up the night! Get started now, and plan to join the Parade. Applications are due March 2, 2015.

2015 Starlight Parade Application

2015 Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal of the 2015 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade is yet to be selected.

The 2014 PGE/SOLVE Grand Marshal was Bud Clark who served as Mayor of Portland from 1985 to 1992. Mayor Clark is a long-time Rose Festival fan who recreated the historical role of King Rex Oregonus for the Rose Festival Centennial in 2007. In this 30th anniversary year of Bud’s inauguration as Portland’s Mayor, we celebrate him as one of Portland’s most colorful personalities and memorable leaders.

2015 Starlight Parade Sections

Each year the PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade features unique themed sections that each celebrate a different aspect of the Portland community. The 2015 Sections will be announced soon.

Past Starlight Parade sections from 2014 include Making Memories presented by CareOregon, which celebrated the 2014 Rose Festival theme; United in Service presented by Union Pacific, proudly showcased outstanding volunteers and community spirit in the Rose City; Spirit of the West presented by Spirit Mountain Casino, revived a tradition featured in the first Rose Festival, where floats representing communities throughout the West paraded through the city; and the Starlight Parade offered funky, eclectic fun for everyone in the Portlandia presented by Daimler section.

Celebrating ‘Clean and Green’

Thanks to the efforts of our sponsors, Portland General Electric, SOLVE and many volunteers, you’ll find this parade to be one of the cleanest in America. Before the parade begins, watch for volunteers who will be handing out bags to help keep litter and recyclables off of our streets. After the last parade entry, keep your eyes peeled for our post-parade clean up crew, filled with volunteers and professionals, who will be picking up trash to keep our streets clean.