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Grand Floral Parade Tickets Available for the Holiday Season

Give a gift of ROSES — and Making Memories — with tickets to the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade! Rain-proof tickets will be on sale November 28 (Thursday, Thanksgiving Day), to view the Grand Floral Parade at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Saturday June 7, 2014. The only major parade in the country to pass through… Read more »

Potential Rose Festival Princesses Apply Now!

Hannah Rice admits she did not know much about the history of the Rose Festival Court program. She was under misconceptions that it was a popularity contest or beauty pageant, but she still felt it would be a good chance to improve her speaking skills, so she took a big step outside her comfort zone… Read more »

The Rose Festival Auction Goes Online

Items include: Grand Floral Float Ride & Diamond Necklace The Tailgate & Roses Dinner & Auction is coming up on Friday, October 11, 2013. Tickets for this famously fun fundraiser supporting the mission-based events and programs of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation are on sale now (see details and RSVP HERE). Bidders who can’t attend… Read more »

Alaska Airlines Watch & Win Sweepstakes Runs June 8 Through June 21

You could win a trip for four on Alaska Airlines to San Diego, including a 2-night stay at Glorietta Bay Inn and the San Diego Zoo in the 2013 Alaska Airlines Watch & Win Sweepstakes! Did you see the 2013 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade? There was a giant-sized children’s toy on the Alaska… Read more »

FREE World Environment Day RoZone Rally on Wednesday!

Portland has been chosen by the United Nations Environment Programme as the North American host city for World Environment Day. Come and join in the fun at the World Environment Day RoZone Rally on Wednesday, June 5 in the RoZone at CityFair (located in Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, in Downtown Portland) at 3:30 –… Read more »

Rojo the Llama is Announced as Grand Marshal for the Junior Parade

Eleven-year-old Rojo the llama is a big, furry ambassador with a special gift of making people smile. Rojo’s handler, Shannon Hendrickson, trained Rojo as a 4H Project Animal. In July 2007, Shannon and her mother, Lori Gregory, each took Rojo through the final evaluation to become the first two llama therapy teams ever certified by… Read more »

Ice Hockey Champs are 2013 Starlight Parade Grand Marshals

On Tuesday, May 14, at Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Rose Festival joined fans who were celebrating the achievements of the Portland Winterhawks, current winners of the Western Hockey League (WHL) championship (who received the Ed Chynoweth Cup trophy for ice hockey). During this celebration the team and coaches were announced as the 2013 Grand Marshals… Read more »

Oregon’s Grand Man is Announced as Grand Marshal for the Grand Floral Parade

2013 Grand Marshal, Gerry Frank, is an author, a speaker, a veteran, a statesman, a businessman, a volunteer and a fourth-generation Oregonian. “Gerry has built a long career out of his love for the State of Oregon.” said Todd Johnston (President of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation). “There is not an Oregonian alive today who… Read more »

New Book Celebrates Images Of Portland Rose Festival

Rose Festival Launches Book at Powell’s City of Books Saturday This Saturday (May 4) at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, the Rose Festival will officially launch their book, new Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series: Portland Rose Festival. The public is encouraged to come meet and greet author George Miller and Chief Operating Officer… Read more »

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon Will Soon Be Here!

Back for year two, the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, May 19. A signature Rose Festival event, this run includes a route unlike any other local race, with live, local bands performing all along the course. If you’re ready to participate in the 2013 Half Marathon, NOW is… Read more »

RoZone Concerts Light Up CityFair At Night

The Rose Festival — in partnership with Alpha Broadcasting — has a full schedule of rising stars in pop, rock and country music ready to heat up Portland’s newest outdoor entertainment venue: the RoZone at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. No additional tickets are required for the opening night concert on Friday (May 24), featuring Hit… Read more »

Registration Opens for the Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk

Registration is now open for ‘Portland’s Party Parade,’ the 2013 Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk! On Saturday morning, June 8 (beginning at 7:30 a.m. at NW 2nd and Flanders), walkers will step off just prior to the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. This is the perfect event for you and your co-workers,… Read more »

Dragons Awaken Saturday at Noon

The public is invited to the official beginning of the Dragon Boat race season at Saturday’s ‘Awakening the Dragons’ annual ceremony. At noon on Saturday, March 30, an ancient Buddhist ceremony will take place at RiverPlace Marina (1510 SW Harbor Way — at the flag circle at the south end of Waterfront Park), where the… Read more »

See the New Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon Route for 2013

Motivated by live music every mile, more than 10,000 runners will join Portland’s biggest moving block party as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon returns for a second year on Sunday, May 19. The race kicks off the annual Portland Rose Festival, which recently presented an economic impact study to the City of Portland… Read more »