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Starlight Parade Adds Glam to the Glitter with 2010 Grand Marshal

The parade with the most glitter just got more fashionable as the Portland Rose Festival announced Vancouver resident Seth Aaron Henderson — winner of Lifetime’s “Project Runway Season 7″ — will be the 2010 Grand Marshal for the Portland General Electric/SOLV Starlight Parade (Saturday June 5 at 8:30 p.m.). “My family and I love parades…. Read more »

Rose Festival Unveils 2010 Signature Art at Renovated Waterfront Offices

Portland’s Official Festival unveiled its ‘Rose Spirit’ in a series of collectable artwork at the newly renovated and renamed Rose Building (located in Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park). Invited guests and media were introduced to the 2010 Rose Festival collectors pin, the colorful 2010 themed poster and the festival’s winning wine label art. Christopher Francis… Read more »

Parade Grand Marshal Brian Grant Stands Tall in Philanthropy

Portland Rose Festival President Robert Hansen introduced Brian Grant — former NBA Star and renowned children’s health advocate — as the 2010 Grand Marshal for the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade (to be held Saturday June 12, 10:00 a.m.). “Brian has consistently been involved in philanthropic projects assisting seriously ill children and their families, as well… Read more »

The Group Synapse Wins MusicFest 2010

Crisp, well-constructed and tightly presented original songs featuring strong individual performance skills led Central Catholic high school students Alex McDougall, Max Pinder, Zac Rego and Istvan Varga-Roman of the group Synapse to first place in the 19th Annual MusicFest competition at Portland Music Company Saturday evening April 24, 2010. Synapse captured the 125 audience members… Read more »

Al Reser Sweepstakes Award

The death of Al Reser on April 12 left a void in the local community and was deeply felt at the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. Al Reser left a legacy of giving in his generous support of community projects and nonprofits. He was a longtime friend of the Rose Festival, which he loved and supported…. Read more »

Make a Pledge to be Positive in Your Community!

The Pledge to be Positive — the top promotion in the world for festivals and events –is returning for 2010 with an opportunity for individuals and groups to do something positive for their community, AND earn financial assistance (up to $5,000!) from KeyBank, through a simple grant application. Projects small and large, new or already… Read more »

New Rose Festival eNewsletter Subscribers Can Win KOOZA Tickets

Are you a subscriber to the Portland Rose Festival’s eNewsletter (and eBulletin)? If not, here’s your chance to get the latest behind-the-scenes information about the festival — and have a chance to win tickets to Cirque du Soliel’s KOOZA when it appears in Portland! You can sign up on the Home page, or by goingHERE. Subscribers… Read more »

Dragons Awaken Saturday at High Noon

The public is invited to the official beginning of the Dragon Boat race season at Saturday’s ‘Awakening the Dragons’ annual ceremony. At noon on Saturday, March 27, an ancient Buddhist ceremony will take place at RiverPlace Marina (1510 SW Harbor Way — at the flag circle at the south end of Waterfront Park), where the… Read more »

Rose Festival Offers Public Rare Opportunity to Attend Princess Announcement

Kicking off the final week of Princess announcements, a special free-to-the-public ceremony will be held at the Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland Monday, March 15 at 3:30 p.m. to introduce the Metro selection to the Rose Festival Court. Three juniors and two seniors (from Glencoe, Aloha, Sherwood, Tigard and Sunset High Schools) will appear on… Read more »

MusicFest’s ‘Battle Of The Bands’ Seeks School-Age Musicians

The Portland Rose Festival is accepting applications from middle and high school-age musicians for its MusicFest competition. Application packets must be received by Thursday, April 1, 2010. After initial review, selected finalists will perform before a live audience and a panel of music industry judges at MusicFest 2010 (Saturday April 24) at the Portland Music… Read more »

There’s Still Time to Be a Clown!

The Rose Festival’s award-winning Amtrak Cascades Character Clown Corps is STILL accepting applications for the 2010 season! The deadline has been extended, so don’t miss out. Applications are now due Friday, March 26, 2010. Graduate clowns will participate in numerous festival events, including Amtrak’s National Train Day on May 8 and the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade on… Read more »

Rose Festival to Announce ‘Gold Medal Winners’ — Our 2010 Court!

The skates are off, the boards un-strapped, and the skis put away as seventy-five high school juniors and seniors now wait rink-side for the final results to be announced. From Monday March 1 – Friday March 19, fifteen Portland/Metro area students will be selected to step onto the highest podium and represent their schools as… Read more »

Call For Volunteer Cultural Performers At Oregon’s Biggest Event

Celebrating cultural diversity, the Portland Rose Festival seeks volunteer performance artists for its Waterfront Village Dex World Rhythms Stage and in the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade. Opportunities to perform cultural music and dance routines in traditional costume attire are available for both children’s and adult groups at the Waterfront Village. The KeyBank Grand Floral Parade… Read more »

Starlight Parade Applications Are Due In Soon!

Your group can join the parade! Those who want to appear in the 2010 Portland General Electric/SOLV Starlight Parade need to have their applications in soon. Applications are due March 5, 2010. LEARN MORE

There’s Silly And Then There’s Clown Silly

The Rose Festival’s award-winning Amtrak Cascades Character Clown Corps is accepting applications for the 2010 season — and the deadline for applications is almost here! Individuals 14-years or older are encouraged to release their ‘silly side’ and join one of the Rose Festival’s most prestigious institutions of higher education. Participants attend clown school to train and perform… Read more »

And the Winner is… Summertime Souvenir!

De Ann Troen (of Happy Valley, Oregon) submitted the winning entry in the 2010 Portland Rose Festival’s ‘Name the Rose Contest’ sponsored by Dennis’ Seven Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers. Summertime Souvenir — now the official name of the signature rose of the 2010 Rose Festival — was chosen by a panel of judges out… Read more »

The Rose Festival ‘Goes Hollywood’ with the Youth Silent Film Festival

Portland’s Hollywood district, home to the nation’s best all children’s parade is going to get a little more festive this year. The Portland Rose Festival announced today two brand new events for 2010: the Youth Silent Film Festival and theConchords Chorale concert “Let’s Go To The Movies” at the Hollywood Theatre. Joining the Fred Meyer Junior Parade and… Read more »

The Portland Rose Festival is Now Official!

After 103 years the Portland City Council voted on January 13 to recognize the Portland Rose Festival as the Official Festival of the City of Portland. Commissioner Randy Leonard filed the resolution along with co-sponsors Mayor Adams, Commissioner Fritz and Commissioner Fish as recognition for Portland’s oldest and most acclaimed festival. “The Rose Festival is… Read more »