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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. 2019 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 Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade will begin at 8:30 p.m. on June 1, 2019.

See the 2019 Route Map!

View the map HERE!!!

Join the Parade!

The 2019 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade Application is Available NOW!

2019 Starlight Application

(As of 28 November, 2018)

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Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
Parade Date: June 1, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

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2018 Grand Marshal

The Portland Thorns FC, the 2017 NWSL Championship winners, is the 2018 Starlight Parade Grand Marshal.



2018 Starlight Parade Sections

This year’s parade is full of playful entries packed into four fantastic 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. Play Together is showcasing diverse community spirit in the Rose City and beyond.

As the night gets darker, the lights get brighter! Stick around for some funky, eclectic fun in the next section Portlandia presented by CareOregon. The final section of the parade brings outstanding illumination in Play Illuminated.

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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.