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Give the Gift of the Rose Festival During this Holiday Season!

With one-of-a-kind gifts, the Portland Rose Festival will appear for the first time ever at America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar the next two weekends. Specially discounted merchandise, prime KeyBank Grand Floral Parade tickets and certificates for the festival’s official rose will all be available at the Christmas Bazaar during event hours Friday through Sunday, November 28-30 (this… Read more »

Rose Festival Court Brings Out New Glass Slipper

Portland’s most exclusive girls club is opening enrollment for 2009 by adding an extra chair to the Court’s table. In the most significant upgrade in its 78-year history, the international awarding-winning Portland Rose Festival high school scholarship program is inviting eligible girls from an additional 28 area schools to apply for a fifteenth (Metro) position… Read more »

Rose Festival Director of Sales and Marketing Elected OTTA President

Carol Ross, who was recently promoted to the position of Director of Sales & Marketing for the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, took office for a two-year term as President of the Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance (otherwise known as OTTA). “I am extremely excited to be able to serve in this capacity and help grow… Read more »

Rose Festival Outperforms Phelps

America had something to celebrate when swimmer Michael Phelps came home from the Beijing Olympics with eight gold medals. Now Portlanders can be equally proud of the festival that bears its name: The Portland Rose Festival! For the second year in a row the Rose Festival won nine Gold Pinnacle Awards —- the Academy Award… Read more »

Parade Clowning Characterizes New President’s Rose Festival Roots

Like every good husband, Robert Hansen ‘volunteered’ to help his wife Janie with a little float decorating in 1990. Because of his hard work (and maybe with just a little influence from ‘the boss’), Robert was rewarded with the opportunity to walk along side the float in the Grand Floral Parade as a clown. From… Read more »

Portlander Wins the Hallmark ‘Daddy of All Dance-Offs’ Contest in New York City

On June 13, 2008, Hallmark named Ronnie Bell of Portland, Oregon, the 2008 ‘Number One Dancing Dad In America.’ Bell, who was selected at the WaMu Waterfront Village contest during the 2008 Rose Festival, beat out hundreds of other dancing dads from across the country in Hallmark’s “Daddy of All Dance-Offs” — a nationwide search for America’s… Read more »

Save During Our Huge Rose Festival Merchandise Sale!

Looking for that special souvenir or unique gift item? Or maybe you want a pink puffy vest just for you? From men’s, women’s and youth clothing to bracelet charms, totes and much more — there’s bound to be something fun for everyone! Don’t miss your chance to save big on a huge variety of items…. Read more »

The 2008 Rose Festival Isn’t Over Quite Yet!

The KeyBank Grand Floral Parade — which many hailed as the most beautiful and varied parade in our history — is still available for viewing! Catch the rebroadcast tomorrow (Tuesday, June 10) at 7:00 p.m. on KGW NewsChannel 8 (seen for the first time ever in HD, generously funded by Spirit Mountain Casino and Fred… Read more »

WAMU Waterfront Village Bobs into a Second Weekend

WaMu Waterfront Village keeps the fun and the silly alive this weekend, with a special guest appearance from SpongeBob SquarePants, provided by Comcast. SpongeBob will appear in the afternoon and early evening’s on Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 8, at various locations around the Village — where he’ll pose for photos and offer a special… Read more »

The Portland Rose Festival is Featured at Marching.Com!

Marching.Com is the major one-stop source of high school marching band events, scores, links and resources. This May and June, the Portland Rose Festival appears among their ‘Featured Events.’ Band fans have a lot to cheer about at the festival this year! Be sure to visit our brand new Bands section at this website for a list of band-related events,… Read more »

Rose Festival Invites You to Celebrate Equal Parade Accessibility for All

For 2008, parade attendees are encouraged to celebrate equal parade access for all, by reserving your spot in person along the parade route, beginning Friday morning, June 6. Those who wish to can camp along the parade route beginning Friday night, June 6. And we have loads of fun ideas for ways you can use duct tape… Read more »

Cleanest & Greenest Festival Welcomes EPA Ocean Survey Vessel OSV Bold

Arriving in Portland on May 26 (at approximately 6:00 p.m.) for a week-long visit is The Bold, EPA Ocean Survey Vessel OSV Bold, on her first-ever assignment to the West Coast. Her job is to monitor and assess the health of our oceans and coastal waters, clearly right in line with the Mission Statement of the Rose Festival! The… Read more »

Join the Grandest Walk of Them All!

Limited ‘feets’ are still available for the Regence Grand Floral Walk, the biggest new Rose Festival event to take the streets of Portland! On Saturday, June 7, walkers will be stepping off at 9:30 a.m. — just prior to the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade. Healthy life stylers, recreational walkers and hearty hikers can still sign-up… Read more »

America’s Top Educator Named Starlight Parade Grand Marshal

Michael Geisen (a science teacher at Crook County Middle School in Prineville, Oregon) is the 58th National Teacher of the Year, and this year’s 2008 Portland General Electric/SOLV Starlight Parade Grand Marshal. “Because of his innovative approach, community focus, and teamwork with other teachers, Geisen was named 2008 National Teacher of the Year by President… Read more »