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The Winner of the
Search for Queen Thelma Program

As part of the Rose Festival’s award-winning Living History, 2014 has seen the Search for Thelma — a contest that became a reenactment of the selection of the first Rose Festival Queen, Thelma Hollingsworth. Back in 1914, 17-year-old Thelma was selected by her boss to become a candidate for Rose Festival Queen. That year young… Read more »

2014 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade Awards

2014 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade Awards FLOATS Sweepstakes Award (Best Illumination) The Sikh Community The Portlandia Award Mysti Krewe of Nimbus Best Community Division First Place: Marimba Masikati Second Place: National Association of Letter Carriers Third Place: Oregon Falun Dafa Association Best Corporate Division First Place: The Oregonian Second Place: Portland General Electric Third Place: Z100… Read more »

Grand Floral Parade Fans Can’t Duct
Their Responsibilities

Ban on Pre-Parade Sidewalk Marking is Still in Affect Once again, parade fans are reminded that marking a spot on the sidewalk with duct tape, chalk, paint, chains, chairs or rope prior the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade is an unlawful violation of city code. People are welcome to camp up to 24 hours… Read more »

The Second Rose Festival Weekend
Shines Under Starlight’s Glow

Rose Festival Court to Serve Rose Meals at Elmer’s Restaurant Friday Celebrating more than one hundred years of Making Memories, one of America’s Cleanest and Greenest parades highlights the second weekend of Rose Festival. The Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade starts at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday (May 31), led by Grand Marshal, Mayor Bud Clark…. Read more »

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund Donates to the Knight Cancer Challenge

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation are inviting the public to join in the spirit of giving and help end cancer as we know it. For the first time in its history, the Portland Rose Festival is embracing an official charitable cause: The Knight Cancer Challenge. Their goal is to… Read more »

The Making of Memories at CityFair’s
Rose Festival Museum

This year’s Rose Festival Museum will be filled with both the old and the new, as we celebrate the 100th crowning of the Queen of Rosaria! The public can see memorabilia, purchase 2014 souvenir products, and peruse the winning paintings from the annual Oregon Society of Artists, Rose Festival Art Show. As a special treat,… Read more »

The 2014 Starlight Parade Grand Marshal Celebrates a 30-Year Anniversary

Thirty years ago the simple cry ‘Whoop, whoop’ engaged citizens of Portland, and launched the career of iconic mayor Bud Clark. In honor of the anniversary of the man who ‘exposed Portland to the arts,’ the Portland Rose Festival has chosen Bud Clark as Grand Marshal of the 2014 Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade. The… Read more »

This Weekend at the Rose Festival

As the Rose Festival season arrives, the Festival’s final week before Memorial Day weekend is loaded with both behind the scenes activities and lots of public fun. The Rose Festival Court presented by Pacific Power will ride in their second parade in the Gateway neighborhood on Saturday. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon starts… Read more »

Famous Voodoo Doughnut Creates a Pink Princess Power Doughnut

Internationally famous Voodoo Doughnut has created a special Pink Princess Power doughnut as a tribute to the 2014 Rose Festival Court. Recently co-owners Tres Shannon and Kenneth ‘Cat Daddy’ Pogson were excited to discover they had ‘royalty’ among their employees: Princess Isabella (of Franklin High School). “We’re proud of the young women representing the magical… Read more »

The Rose Festival Appears All Over Town on Saturday, May 10

The Portland Rose Festival will bring excitement to various spots in Portland this coming Saturday, May 10 — with the 2014 Rose Festival Court presented by Pacific Power appearing in their first parade in St. Johns and the Character Clown Corps presented by Amtrak Cascades entertaining in two different venues during the day. Amtrak National… Read more »

Awards Presented at the 2014 Rose City Sing-Off

2014 ROSE CITY SING-OFF RESULTS FINALISTS First Place: Soul’d Out (Wilsonville High School) Second Place: Nothing But Treble (Westview High School) Third Place: Barlow Sound (Sam Barlow High School) SPECIALTY AWARDS Founders Choice Award: Outburst Acappella (Eugene Area High Schools) Best Soloist: Rachael Turner, Mixolydians (Sherwood High School) Best Vocal Percussionist: Jackson Grubbe, Mixolydians (Sherwood… Read more »

The Best Mother’s Day Gift: Making Memories

Give your mother a seat at the best event of the season – the family-friendly Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade! Mother’s Day is just around the corner and finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. The Portland Rose Festival can help. Show your appreciation with tickets to the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral… Read more »

2014 Rose City Sing-Off Highlights Young Talent in Vocal Competition

Choirs from Eugene to Portland will compete in one-day musical event at Imago Dei Community Church (located at 1302 SE Ankeny ST in Portland, Oregon) this Saturday, May 3. The premier a cappella competition in the Northwest, the Rose City Sing-Off provides high school students a chance to compete for cash prizes and get professional… Read more »

Make Memories with the 2014 Rose Festival Official Products

The Portland Rose Festival announced new and renewed partnerships during their Art Unveiling event on Wednesday (April 23) at the Funtastic Traveling Shows Winter Headquarters, starting with the return of the popular Rose Festival OREGONLIVE Treasure Hunt. The Festival also unveiled their 2014 art, announced the renewal of an honored partnership with Spirit Mountain Casino… Read more »

Royal Rosarians Will Plant the 2014 Official Rose at the Rose Building

On Saturday, April 12, the Royal Rosarians will plant the 2014 Official Rose ‘Royal Scepter’ at the Rose Building, the home of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. This annual VIP rose planting takes place at 1020 SW Naito Parkway in downtown Portland and will honor the Rose Festival Board of Directors. The event takes place… Read more »