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All The World is a Rose Festival Stage as the Festival Seeks Culturally Diverse Performers

Celebrating culture, diversity and ethnicity, amateur performance artists are being sought for open volunteer slots on the Portland Rose Festival’s Waterfront Village World Rhythms Stage and in the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade. Opportunities to perform all types of unique or eclectic routines are available for both children’s and adult groups daily between 11:00 a.m. and… Read more »

Rose Festival Wine Label Contest Reveals a Mosaic of Opportunities

The Oak Knoll Winery and the Oregon College of Art and Craft will partner with the Portland Rose Festival Foundation to select the 2009 Rose Festival signature wine label from submissions by OCAC students, Monday February 9, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Students will submit works based on this year’s Festival theme: “Bridging Communities.” Up to… Read more »

Lights! Cameras! Honk!! The Rose Festival Clown School is Back!

The Rose Festival’s award-winning Character Clown Corps has opened enrollment for the 2009 season. Non-professionals with a little silly in their swagger are being sought. Participants will train and perform with a European-style clown professional, receive a makeup kit and costume as well as develop their very own clown character. Graduates will get to participate… Read more »

Give the Gift of the Rose Festival During this Holiday Season!

With one-of-a-kind gifts, the Portland Rose Festival will appear for the first time ever at America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar the next two weekends. Specially discounted merchandise, prime KeyBank Grand Floral Parade tickets and certificates for the festival’s official rose will all be available at the Christmas Bazaar during event hours Friday through Sunday, November 28-30 (this… Read more »

Rose Festival Court Brings Out New Glass Slipper

Portland’s most exclusive girls club is opening enrollment for 2009 by adding an extra chair to the Court’s table. In the most significant upgrade in its 78-year history, the international awarding-winning Portland Rose Festival high school scholarship program is inviting eligible girls from an additional 28 area schools to apply for a fifteenth (Metro) position… Read more »

Rose Festival Director of Sales and Marketing Elected OTTA President

Carol Ross, who was recently promoted to the position of Director of Sales & Marketing for the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, took office for a two-year term as President of the Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance (otherwise known as OTTA). “I am extremely excited to be able to serve in this capacity and help grow… Read more »

Rose Festival Outperforms Phelps

America had something to celebrate when swimmer Michael Phelps came home from the Beijing Olympics with eight gold medals. Now Portlanders can be equally proud of the festival that bears its name: The Portland Rose Festival! For the second year in a row the Rose Festival won nine Gold Pinnacle Awards —- the Academy Award… Read more »

Parade Clowning Characterizes New President’s Rose Festival Roots

Like every good husband, Robert Hansen ‘volunteered’ to help his wife Janie with a little float decorating in 1990. Because of his hard work (and maybe with just a little influence from ‘the boss’), Robert was rewarded with the opportunity to walk along side the float in the Grand Floral Parade as a clown. From… Read more »

Portlander Wins the Hallmark ‘Daddy of All Dance-Offs’ Contest in New York City

On June 13, 2008, Hallmark named Ronnie Bell of Portland, Oregon, the 2008 ‘Number One Dancing Dad In America.’ Bell, who was selected at the WaMu Waterfront Village contest during the 2008 Rose Festival, beat out hundreds of other dancing dads from across the country in Hallmark’s “Daddy of All Dance-Offs” — a nationwide search for America’s… Read more »

Save During Our Huge Rose Festival Merchandise Sale!

Looking for that special souvenir or unique gift item? Or maybe you want a pink puffy vest just for you? From men’s, women’s and youth clothing to bracelet charms, totes and much more — there’s bound to be something fun for everyone! Don’t miss your chance to save big on a huge variety of items…. Read more »

The 2008 Rose Festival Isn’t Over Quite Yet!

The KeyBank Grand Floral Parade — which many hailed as the most beautiful and varied parade in our history — is still available for viewing! Catch the rebroadcast tomorrow (Tuesday, June 10) at 7:00 p.m. on KGW NewsChannel 8 (seen for the first time ever in HD, generously funded by Spirit Mountain Casino and Fred… Read more »

WAMU Waterfront Village Bobs into a Second Weekend

WaMu Waterfront Village keeps the fun and the silly alive this weekend, with a special guest appearance from SpongeBob SquarePants, provided by Comcast. SpongeBob will appear in the afternoon and early evening’s on Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 8, at various locations around the Village — where he’ll pose for photos and offer a special… Read more »

The Portland Rose Festival is Featured at Marching.Com!

Marching.Com is the major one-stop source of high school marching band events, scores, links and resources. This May and June, the Portland Rose Festival appears among their ‘Featured Events.’ Band fans have a lot to cheer about at the festival this year! Be sure to visit our brand new Bands section at this website for a list of band-related events,… Read more »

Rose Festival Invites You to Celebrate Equal Parade Accessibility for All

For 2008, parade attendees are encouraged to celebrate equal parade access for all, by reserving your spot in person along the parade route, beginning Friday morning, June 6. Those who wish to can camp along the parade route beginning Friday night, June 6. And we have loads of fun ideas for ways you can use duct tape… Read more »