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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 »

Cleanest & Greenest Festival Welcomes EPA Ocean Survey Vessel OSV Bold

Arriving in Portland on May 26 (at approximately 6:00 p.m.) for a week-long visit is The Bold, EPA Ocean Survey Vessel OSV Bold, on her first-ever assignment to the West Coast. Her job is to monitor and assess the health of our oceans and coastal waters, clearly right in line with the Mission Statement of the Rose Festival! The… Read more »

Join the Grandest Walk of Them All!

Limited ‘feets’ are still available for the Regence Grand Floral Walk, the biggest new Rose Festival event to take the streets of Portland! On Saturday, June 7, walkers will be stepping off at 9:30 a.m. — just prior to the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade. Healthy life stylers, recreational walkers and hearty hikers can still sign-up… Read more »

America’s Top Educator Named Starlight Parade Grand Marshal

Michael Geisen (a science teacher at Crook County Middle School in Prineville, Oregon) is the 58th National Teacher of the Year, and this year’s 2008 Portland General Electric/SOLV Starlight Parade Grand Marshal. “Because of his innovative approach, community focus, and teamwork with other teachers, Geisen was named 2008 National Teacher of the Year by President… Read more »

The Rose Festival is Cooking with AM Northwest!

“Recipes & Roses” — the Rose Festival’s commemorative Centennial cookbook — will be featured Wednesday morning (May 14) on AM Northwest (on KATU Channel 2), during the cooking segment of their show. Featured is Chef Suzy Baker (from Jake’s Famous Crawfish) and Oak Knoll Winery, the festival’s official winery. Chef Baker will be preparing the Oak Knoll… Read more »

The Rose Festival Needs YOU to Volunteer!

As is always true, there are many volunteer opportunities available for this year’s Rose Festival. The Rose Festival relies on special people to put on our various events — and the festival couldn’t happen without VOLUNTEERS! In only a few short weeks, the PGE/SOLV Starlight Parade will hit the streets — ready to uphold the title of the… Read more »

Purchase a Perfect Mother’s Day Gift!

Give Mom an experience of a lifetime, with reserved seat tickets for the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, June 7! Guarantee a prime seating location and save BIG on tickets for reserved indoor or outdoor seats with our special Mother’s Day discount offer. Through May 16 you can save 20% off reserved tickets with… Read more »

Dress Rehearsal for Parade Day!

Watch “Out & About” with Drew Carney on Tuesday morning, May 6, and see a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the biggest event day in the Northwest! The Rose Festival Court, the Character Clown Corps, members of the Battle Ground High School marching band and a host of festival dignitaries and special guests will prepare for the… Read more »

The Rose Festival Romances the Art of the Rose

Highlighting a commitment to arts and education, the Portland Rose Festival Foundation unveiled two new works of art this afternoon at the facilities of White Horse on NE Sandy Boulevard. Renowned portrait artist Tedd Chilless captured the 2008 theme of “Romancing The Rose” with his 24″ x 26″ oil painting featuring two people dancing over… Read more »