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Rose Festival Honors Both Diversity and Unity

The Portland Rose Festival has inspired the public to gather and celebrate against a backdrop of historic external forces for the past 110 years. This year’s Rose Festival will be another brilliant example of how a community can both honor diversity and celebrate unity.

The organizers of one of the Rose Festival’s partner events — the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade — recently decided to cancel their event in the interest of public safety. The Portland Rose Festival Foundation respects this decision but has no intention of following suit. As always, the Rose Festival will work closely with City leaders, Portland Police and other public agencies to ensure the comfort and safety of festival-goers and participants.

Traditional Rose Festival events begin Memorial Day weekend, with CityFair in downtown Portland and Fleet Week June 7-11. Rose Festival’s three popular parades — the Starlight Parade, the Junior Parade and the Grand Floral Parade — will take place on Saturday, June 3; Wednesday, June 7; and Saturday, June 10, respectively. The parade lineups are filled with entries that will delight and inspire festival-goers.

To see all our events, check out this website and see our CALENDAR.