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Thorns FC Selected Grand Marshal For PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade

2017 NWSL Championship Winners to Lead Popular Nighttime Parade

When a team plays happy, they play well and when they play well, they win. The Portland Thorns FC came home happy last October after winning their second National Women’s Soccer League Championship in its five year history. The Rose Festival has selected the Portland Thorns FC Grand Marshal of the 2018 Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade set for Saturday, June 2, 2018.


“All of us associated with Thorns FC are honored to be selected as the Grand Marshal of the Starlight Parade,” said Mike Golub (president of business for Thorns FC). “The team is so proud to be part of an event that has long been an important part of our community.”

Rose Festival board member and Starlight Parade Chair Amy Johnson — along with the Rose Festival Living History character Rosie the Riveter — announced the selection at halftime of the Thorns match against the Orlando Pride. Rosie presented the traditional bouquet of roses to the Portland Thorns in front of the greatest fan club in women’s professional soccer; the Rose City Riveters.

“It’s because of strong and capable women that the Rose Festival has succeeded for more than 111 years,” says Amy Johnson. “It’s only fitting that we take this opportunity to honor a group of strong women that have made the Portland sports scene so successful.”

The Thorns FC defeated the North Carolina Courage 1-0 on Oct. 14, 2017, to capture their second NWSL Championship in five seasons (2013, 2017). Also winners of an NWSL Shield in 2016, the Thorns FC have led the NWSL in attendance in each of the league’s first five seasons. Globally, Portland has the highest attendance of any women’s professional team in the world, averaging 17,653 fans in their fifth season in the league in 2017.