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The Portland Rose Festival is Now Official!

After 103 years the Portland City Council voted on January 13 to recognize the Portland Rose Festival as the Official Festival of the City of Portland. Commissioner Randy Leonard filed the resolution along with co-sponsors Mayor Adams, Commissioner Fritz and Commissioner Fish as recognition for Portland’s oldest and most acclaimed festival.

“The Rose Festival is a unique celebration of what Portland values — community, culture, fun and a commitment to nurturing the natural environment,” said Mayor Sam Adams. “It was time for the City to commit to nurturing our home-grown festival.”

The Portland Rose Festival Foundation celebrated the resolution in true festival fashion with clowns, a float on the front steps of City Hall, and musical performances by the One More Time Around Again Marching Band and Conchords Chorale. Additionally, the Royal Rosarians and members of the 2009 Rose Festival Court joined with festival leadership and dignitaries (like Governor Victor Atiyah, 85-year old wartime princess Phyllis Huwa and 6-year-old Aisha Ross) to thank the council for this historic designation.

“Unofficially the festival has been Portland’s official celebration for over one hundred years,” said Robert Hansen, Portland Rose Festival Foundation President. “And now it is officially official. What a great day for all of us!”

As Oregon’s premier event, the relationship between the City and Festival has grown closer over recent years with the City Council elevating its support. That support includes additional resources, such as parade amenities that includes porta-potties, route entertainment and special-needs seating. The Council also made possible the Rose Festival’s impending move into its newly refurbished headquarters in the historic John Yeon Visitor Center, located in Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Read It’s Official! at the Rose Festival Blog!