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Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade


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. 2017 makes for an exciting Starlight Parade as it celebrates over 40 years in the city of Portland!

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!

Our Route has CHANGED for 2017!

View the map HERE!!!

Join the Parade!

Download a 2017 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade Application today!
2017 Starlight Parade Application

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Application Deadline: March 15, 2017 (5:00 p.m.)
Parade Date: June 3, 2017, 8:30pm

2017 Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal of the 2017 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade has not yet been announced.

2016 Awards

See the 2016 Starlight Parade Award winners HERE.