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The Second Rose Festival Weekend
Shines Under Starlight’s Glow

Rose Festival Court to Serve Rose Meals at Elmer’s Restaurant Friday

Celebrating more than one hundred years of Making Memories, one of America’s Cleanest and Greenest parades highlights the second weekend of Rose Festival. The Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade starts at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday (May 31), led by Grand Marshal, Mayor Bud Clark. The Rose Festival Court presented by Pacific Power is waiting on you at noon Friday and CityFair kicks up the dust in the RoZone as 98.7 The Bull presents CountryFest on the OneMain Financial Stage on Sunday (June 1).

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Celebrating 125 years of service, Portland General Electric has teamed with SOLVE to help make the Portland Rose Festival parade clean-up an industry leading standard. PGE volunteers walk the route before each parade, handing out SOLVE bags that spectators fill with debris, then volunteers return at the end of the parade and take it all away. Junk Away Hauling and Heiberg Garbage and Recycling transport tons of material to Republic Services for sorting. In 2013, more than four tons of waste and two tons of recyclable material were cleared from the parade routes, saving the City of Portland $40,000 to $50,000 annually.

Highlights for the 2014 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade
include four sections of fun:

Making Memories presented by CareOregon
This section will feature the announcement and crowning of Queen Thelma on the Oregonian Float, in front of Live TV. Look for special guest Dororthy Arthur, the 95-year-old Clean and Green Queen, wearing her hand-made, pull-tab gown.
United in Service presented by Union Pacific
This section features the Portland Police Sunshine Division, the American Red Cross, Star Wars of Oregon, and the National Association of Letters Carriers marching group.
The Spirit of the West presented by Spirit Mountain Casino
This section festures visiting floats from the Daffodil Festival, the Seattle Seafair Pirates and the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Portlandia presented by Daimler
This section festures the Roloff Family float from the TV show “Little People, Big World” which will be filmed by their TV production crew while they roll down the parade route.

The PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade starts at 8:30 p.m. Saturday (May 31), 2014, following the Legacy Health Starlight Run at 7:45 p.m. Fans who can’t attend in person can also see the Parade live on FOX 12 beginning at 9:00 p.m. This year parade fans will see 30 floats, 23 special units and 19 marching bands including the One More Time Around Again Marching Band, celebrating 30 years as a Portland favorite.

CityFair is open Starlight Weekend, Thursday (May 29), through Sunday, (June 1), featuring the return of A Walk on the Wild Side exotic animal display. The Bridgetown and Rose City Stage line-ups are full with top local entertainment, plus CountryFest hits the RoZone Sunday with national headliner, 2014 ACM New Artist of the Year, Justin Moore. [Separate tickets are required for the RoZone Concert Series.] CityFair hours on Thursday and Friday are 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and weekend hours are 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The 2014 Rose Festival Court and the Clown Prince will make a special promotional appearance at Elmer’s Restaurant in Parkrose (10001 NE Sandy | Portland) on Friday (May 30), to greet, seat, and serve the public Rose Meals from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. For every Rose meal sold, Elmer’s will donate one dollar to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation.
Rose meal entrees include:
Fresh Fruit Waffle Combo
Fresh Strawberry Blintz Combo
Strawberry-Apple Poppyseed Salad

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Rose Meals can be purchased now through June 22 at these participating Elmer’s Restaurants: Beaverton, Clackamas, Delta Park, Gresham, Hillsboro, Mall 205, Parkrose, Tigard, Mill Plain, and Vancouver Mall.