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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 »

Five-Star Festival Taps All-Star Blazer as Grand Marshal

Portland Trail Blazer and NBA All-Star Brandon Roy will serve as Grand Marshal of the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade, the premier event of the 2008 Portland Rose Festival, on Saturday, June 7. President Mark McGirr, Executive Director Jeff Curtis and KeyBank Senior Vice President John Nolting were on hand at the Rose Garden Arena on… Read more »

Rose Festival Forms Key Partnership

The Rose Festival’s most beloved event will now be known as the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade. KeyBank, the nation’s 12th-largest branch network, with 69 branches in Oregon and SW Washington, annually gives $1 million to support charitable organizations, economic development and event sponsorships. “The partnership will ensure the parade will continue to be a strong… Read more »

Renew Your Vows in Front of a Half Million Friends!

One of the highlights of this year’s Grand Floral Parade will be the float sponsored by Portland General Electric, featuring three PGE customer couples that will renew their wedding vows while riding the float! Couples will be chosen to participate in this ‘I Do’ Redo Contest via the PGE website. Relive your moment by entering… Read more »

KGW’s Drew Carney Finds his ‘Inner Clown’

Be sure to watch the Rose Festival’s favorite clown, Angel Ocasio, show one of Portland’s most popular media personalities what it’s like to be part of the festival’s new Character Clown Corps in ‘Out and About with Drew Carney’ this week! Tune in bright and early Wednesday morning, March 26, to catch the antics on… Read more »

Send in The Clowns to Portland’s Biggest Parade

Enrollment is now open for the Portland Rose Festival’s new Character Clown Corps. Workshop dates are April 25-27 at the World Trade Center Portland. Participants who complete the three-day workshop will become members of an artistic clown troupe performing in front of a live audience of more than 500,000 at the Grand Floral Parade. Applications… Read more »

Final Call for Exhibitors!

There are only a few spots remaining. The WaMu Waterfront Village is issuing its final call for exhibitors to secure their space for the 2008 event, May 29 – June 8. Space is limited and going fast. Don’t miss your opportunity to kick off the 2008 summer season at the award-winning WaMu Waterfront Village. Learn… Read more »

Contest Winner!

Have YOU signed up to Join Our Mailing List, yet? Our most recent email to subscribers included a special contest! Congratulations to Kathy Ryland, the winner of our ‘Refer a Friend’ contest! Kathy referred a friend to join the below-linked Rose Festival Friend email list. This automatically entered her to win two tickets to the premiere of… Read more »