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Rose Festival’s Happiest Weekend Starts Today!

Be There for Plenty of Exciting Events this Final Festival Weekend!

There’s still time to Play Happy at the Rose Festival, as the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade highlights the Rose Festival’s Season Finale. The Portland Rose Society and the Royal Rosarians show their colors in special events and the colorful Dragon Boats are playing to win as the Willamette River takes center stage with Fleet Week on display from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Steel Bridge. Amateur strummers are invited to join the Ukulele Rose Experience on the Rose City Stage at CityFair Sunday.

The 2018 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade steps off from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 9. Lead by Diesel — the Canine Grand Marshal — the only major parade to start indoors will travel more than four miles from east Portland to west Portland, with beautiful all floral floats and amazing equestrian displays. International dancers and area school bands will join with the nation’s most storied marching band: the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, making their first appearance in Portland since 1989!

Parade fans will see the new Queen of Rosaria, as she and her Court make their first public appearance together following the Queen’s Coronation presented by Unitus Community Credit Union. The Coronation starts at 8:30 a.m., and the new Queen will be announced at 9:15 a.m.

Following the Coronation — and just before the parade — catch the Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk, as hundreds of enthusiastic Walkers and strollers warm up the parade route for the big show to come.

Speaking of big, the Rose Festival Fleet is in and ready for visits! The tours are free, but visitors are encouraged to check in and get available boarding times. See the FLEET PAGE at this website for detailed information! (Fleet ships are active duty vessels and not ADA Accessible.) Visitors are advised to leave the handbags at home and wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes as the tour may involve stepping over things and on irregular surfaces.

The Portland Rose Society is holding its 130th Annual Spring Rose Show — the oldest in the nation — Friday, June 8, at the Lloyd Center in Northeast Portland. Show times are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Further out north, the Royal Rosarians conduct their Annual Honorary Knighting Ceremony at Peninsula Park (also on Friday) with outgoing Queen Michaela Canete bestowing the honors starting at 9:30 a.m.

Join the thrill of the Dragon Boat Race Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, at the Waterfront Bowl area near Riverplace Marina, as more than 50 teams push the traditional ornately decorated Dragons to victory. Teams of up to 20 paddlers compete in Women’s, Mixed and Student categories from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.

CityFair wraps the festival with great food, extra kids fun and Funtastic carnival rides. If they went by too fast on Saturday, come down to CityFair and see them up close as the floats from the Grand Floral Parade put the brakes on and pause for photo-ops along Naito Parkway for the Grand Floral Float Showcase starting at 3:00 p.m. Saturday through 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

Also on Sunday (June 10) amateur ukulele players are invited to join the first Ukulele Rose Experience and jam session! Led by local musician Rick Huddle and introducing bass player Matt Lynch, the one hour session will be emceed by comedian and Clown Prince Angel Ocasio. Join the music Sunday, June 10, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Rose City Stage inside CityFair at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. CityFair admission is FREE with ukulele, and all ages and skill levels are welcome! (Please bring your own music stand.)