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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!

Weren’t able to see it in person or would like to see it again? You can view the entire parade at KPTV.Com.

Applications for the 2015 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade are now closed. Please check back next year for the 2016 parade application.

2015 Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal of the 2015 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade is ‘PeeDee’ the PDX Carpet! The PDX Carpet pays tribute to the thousands of workers at the Portland International Airport who welcome millions of travelers and visitors to the City of Roses each year. The PDX Carpet’s unique popularity can be seen on social media with collections of foot selfies that honor the nearly 30-year old carpet that is being replaced this year with a new design. Last year, the carpet and airport served an all-time record 15.9 million passengers. We are proud to honor the “welcome mat” for all who work and travel to Portland during the 75th anniversary year of the Portland International Airport.

2015 Starlight Parade Sections

The 2015 parade entries are divided into three outstanding sections. It all starts 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. This year’s Spirit of the West section features many friends to the Rose Festival from fellow communities, including Capital Lakefair, the Astoria Regatta Festival Association, Marysville Strawberry Festival and the Autumn Leaf Festival. Look for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Royalty leading the way down the route.

Communities in Motion presented by Daimler Trucks North America is a tribute to the local volunteers and organizations that provide service and help shape our community every day. Prepare to rock out with the Navy Recruiting District’s float, giggle with the Portland Laughter Clubs and take flight with NW Bird Rescue. Watch the crowd melt over the adorable “Pitties in Pink” float by Multnomah County Animal Services, and make sure to look for your favorite costumed groups such as the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus and Star Wars Oregon who add funk and flavor to the City of Roses.

As the night gets darker, the lights get brighter! The Starlight Parade concludes with Portlandia presented by CareOregon. CareOregon’s float returns, followed by The Sikh Community, who won the Sweepstakes Award last year for best illumination. Go back to the future with the Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club, swashbuckle with the Pirates of Portlandia and get ready for the zombie apocalypse with FrightTown. The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers will electrify the streets with their beats to see if they can once again take home the Best Marching Entry award.

View the 2015 Parade Lineup

View the 2015 Starlight Parade
(as of May 27)

2015 Starlight After-Party!

Join us for the first-ever Starlight After-Party on May 30, 2015, in the Rose Festival RoZone, featuring headliner Sir Mix-A-Lot plus special guests Crazy 8s and Nu Shooz. Special illuminated features and entertainment will be highlighted in between acts – it’s the perfect place for post-parade booty shaking! Tickets are on sale now – this show is expected to sell out so get your tickets here!

Admission Special

As the official glow stick sponsor and presenting sponsor of the 2015 Communities in Motion Starlight Parade section, Daimler Trucks North America will be distributing glow sticks during the parade. Following the Starlight Parade, bring your Daimler Trucks North America glow stick to Waterfront Park to enjoy 2 for 1 admission to the Starlight After-Party!

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.

2015 Awards

See the 2015 Starlight Parade Award winners HERE.

Your local Toyota dealers – the Official Auto Sponsor of the Rose Festival Parades.