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Parading in Place

Bringing Community Together While Staying Home

Celebrate the Rose Festival’s evolving vision for this spring by joining one of the new Parading in Place events! Community members can register their porch displays for the Porch Parade in May or enter their shoe box floats in the Grand Petite Parade which will premiere on Facebook Live in June!


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. 2020 makes for an exciting Starlight Parade as it celebrates more than 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 starts at 8:30 p.m. (It 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!

The 2021 Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade date is to be determined.

Join The Parade!

Applications are now available for the 2020 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade. Become part of Portland’s favorite nighttime party! Floats, Drill or Marching Groups, Special Entries, and more – from the weird to the divine – are invited to apply for this sparkling tribute to the Rose City! Download the Rules and Regulations below, and then complete our online application.

Rules and Regulations

Parade Application

See the 2020 Route Map!

View the map HERE!!!

2020 Grand Marshal

The 2020 Grand Marshal will be announced in the Spring. Please check back soon for updates and announcements!

Volunteer for the Cleanest & Greenest Team


2018 Awards

See the 2018 Starlight Parade Award winners HERE.

2017 Awards

See the 2017 Starlight Parade Award winners HERE.

2016 Awards

See the 2016 Starlight Parade Award winners HERE.