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Portland Thorns FC Leads 2018 Starlight into Second Festival Weekend

CityFair Refreshed Adds Popular Concerts to Weekend Programming

The Rose Festival’s first parade, the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade, steps off at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, led by Grand Marshal the Portland Thorns FC, the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League Championship winners. Always a fan favorite with visiting community floats and marching bands, the parade will feature three of the largest marching bands to ever gather in one Rose Festival parade. Internet fans can even catch a glimpse of DJ Ravioli and iammoshow AKA the Cat Rapper in person.

This year’s parade is full of playful entries packed into four fantastic sections. It kicks off with Spirit of the West presented by Spirit Mountain Casino, reviving a tradition featured in the first Rose Festival, where floats representing communities throughout the West paraded through the city.

Play Together is showcasing diverse community spirit in the Rose City and beyond.

As the night gets darker, the lights get brighter! Stick around for some funky, eclectic fun in the next section Portlandia presented by CareOregon. The final section of the parade brings outstanding illumination in Play Illuminated.

The One More Time Around Again Marching Band will lead from their traditional front place but look out for the Mega Bands from Washington State following. Various high school musicians from the Evergreen and Vancouver school districts will fill the streets with members stretching for blocks, with one group featuring more than 800 marchers.

Be active at the Starlight Parade this year and join the Starlight Scavenger Hunt. Download the Goosechase APP to your device, type in Rose Festival and play for prizes from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Need some chalk, find a Cop! Portland police are encouraging artists of all ages to express their creative side through street art, by handing out colored chalk, donated by parade vendor Mighty Hawk Concessions, to fans all along the parade route.

CityFair Shines its own light on talented musicians with a full weekend of concerts in the RoZone.

Friday, June 1, 105.9 The Brew brings Tribute Fest to the Lanphere Auto Group Stage featuring Appetite for Deception (Guns N’ Roses), Shoot to Thrill (AC/DC) and Steelhorse (BON JOVI).

Saturday, June 2, “Baby I’m Back!”
Sir Mix-A-Lot knows how to get a booty-shaking party going, and he’s been doing just that in the Rose Festival RoZone since 2015! DJ Doc Rock opens the show at 7:00 p.m. and Sir Mix-A-Lot takes the stage at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Both Friday and Saturday shows are free with admission to CityFair.

Sunday, June 3, wraps the weekend of music with 98.7 The Bull CountryFest. This separate ticketed concert starts at 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon with country favorites Parmalee, Russell Dickerson, Carly Pearce, Mitchell Tenpenny and headliner Eli Young Band. Tickets available at this website.

CityFair is more than music of course with new food items, larger tents, better play areas and three additional stages of entertainment including the Rose City Stage, Artslandia Stage and the Kids Zone Stage. Schedules available at this website and on reader boards’ strategically placed in CityFair. Before eating too much, head into the carnival of Funtastic Traveling Shows for Portland’s best collection of thrill rides and family fun rides on the Waterfront.

Admission specials to CityFair include:

FREE admission for Veterans, Reservists, and Active Military with Valid Military ID (plus one guest)
Friday FREE before 5:00 p.m. Friday June 1 and June 8
Kids 6 and under always FREE thanks to Pamplin Media Group
The Rose Festival Souvenir Pin. $10 at Fred Meyer stores, at select Bank of the West locations, the Rose Festival office and the Rose Garden Store in Washington Park.

Honoring our partnership with the 150 year old Oregon Humane Society, CityFair will open its doors to our canine companions on a leash Saturday, June 2, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Amenities for four-legged friends will be provided. Visitors will also have an opportunity for a special meet & greet moment in the Jim Neill Memorial Museum with members of the Canine Court and the Canine Grand Marshal for the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade, Diesel the English Mastiff.