International Awards Flow in for Portland Rose Festival
Portland Carries Banner for World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Festival
The Portland Rose Festival panned more gold from the International Festival & Events Association (IFEA) annual convention held in Denver on September 21. The Festival picked up 14 total awards, as well as recognition for the world’s best volunteer — Webmaster and parade entry wrangler Charlie M. Clint, who was on hand to accept her award in the Mile High City. (See the video they shared about Charlie HERE. See previous article HERE.) The festival received eight gold, three silver, and three bronze awards for excellence in various categories that included Best New Fundraising Program with Rose Festival Runners for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon.
The IFEA again awarded the Portland Rose Festival Gold for the Best Environmental Program. The Portland Rose Festival has been recognized with Gold 13 times out of the last 15 years — the world leader in clean and green celebrating. Rose Festival parade fans accept it as part of the routine, but their inflatable floating water park participation in the PGE/SOLVE parade clean up makes this one greenest and cleanest festivals in the world according to the International Festival and Events Association membership. “We’re really proud of the recognition the Festival gets for our green efforts,” says Jeff Curtis (Rose Festival CEO), “but it’s not just because of the super volunteers and staff. This award would not be possible without our partnerships with PGE, SOLVE, the hauling companies, the City of Portland and most importantly, the conscientious parade fans who year in and year out take responsibility for cleaning up their own space on the street and leaving it a little bit better for the city.”
The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) was founded in 1956 and today is The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia & New Zealand, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East, and IFEA North America the organization’s common vision is for ‘A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration.’”