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The 2014 Starlight Parade Grand Marshal Celebrates a 30-Year Anniversary

Thirty years ago the simple cry ‘Whoop, whoop’ engaged citizens of Portland, and launched the career of iconic mayor Bud Clark. In honor of the anniversary of the man who ‘exposed Portland to the arts,’ the Portland Rose Festival has chosen Bud Clark as Grand Marshal of the 2014 Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade.

The Rose Festival announced their choice of Mayor Clark last night at a gathering held at McMenamins Kennedy School, “A 30th Anniversary Retrospective of Bud Clark’s Successful Race for Mayor of Portland.” Mayor Clark said he was delighted and honored to once again be a part of the City’s Official Festival. (Mayor Clark recreated the historical roll of King Rex Oregonus for the Rose Festival’s Centennial in 2007.)

A 1949 graduate of Lincoln High School, Bud Clark attended Vanport College (now Portland State University), as well as both Oregon State and Reed Colleges. In 1967, he opened the Goose Hollow Inn Tavern, and is credited with helping revitalize that neighborhood. In 1984, Clark first ran for mayor, and was reelected in 1988 (defeating 11 candidates in the process). While in office, Mayor Clark supported the growth of mass transit, and led the campaign to build the Oregon Convention Center.

You are invited to cheer for Mayor Clark as he rides in the PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade on Saturday, May 31 (starting at 8:30 p.m.), which follows the annual Legacy Health Starlight Run (starting at 7:45 p.m.). Fans who are unable to attend in person can see the Parade live on FOX 12 (beginning at 9 p.m.).