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 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 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 2017 Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade will begin at 8:30 p.m. on June 3.
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
Portland’s own Elvis — the iconic street performer with a cardboard guitar — is Grand Marshal for 2017. READ MORE
2017 Starlight Parade Sections
This year’s parade is full of dazzling entries packed into four Brilliant sections. It kicks off with Spirit of the West presented by Spirit Mountain Casino, reviving a tradition featured in the first Rose Festival, where floats representing communities throughout the West paraded through the city. Brilliant Communities presented by TriMet is up next! Brilliant Communities proudly showcases outstanding volunteers and community spirit in the Rose City and beyond.
As the night gets darker, the lights get brighter! The second half of the parade brings outstanding illumination in Classic Brilliance presented by All Classical Portland. Stick around for some funky, eclectic fun in the next section, Portlandia presented by CareOregon, featuring the 2017 Starlight Parade Grand Marshal, Portland’s iconic street performer, John ‘Elvis’ Schroder!
Volunteer for the Cleanest & Greenest Team
See the 2017 Starlight Parade Award winners HERE.
See the 2016 Starlight Parade Award winners HERE.