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Marching Bands at the Rose Festival

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Thank you to all the marching bands that participated in the 2017 Portland Rose Festival!

2018 Band Applications Now Available!

If you’re planning your band’s schedule for the 2017-2018 school year, now’s the time to consider Rose Festival performance opportunities! We have a great lineup of parades, stages and other opportunities available in 2018, including:

  • CityFair Performances, various dates and times, May 25-June 10.
  • Starlight Parade, Saturday, June 2, 8:30 p.m.
  • Downtown Noontime Concerts, weekdays, June 1-June 8.
  • Grand Floral Parade, Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m.

Applications for 2018 events from local, regional, and guest bands are due November 17, 2017. Invitations will be issued after Winter Break.

2018 Local-Regional Band Application [PDF]
2018 Guest Band Application [PDF]

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Welcome Guest Bands!

The Portland Rose Festival welcomes appearances from out-of-town bands at all our events! If your band is planning a tour, we encourage you to consider the Portland Rose Festival as an exciting performance destination.

A tour during the Portland Rose Festival can include:

  • Multiple performance opportunities during each festival weekend.
  • Assistance from a local volunteer band host to help you plan your trip.
  • Fun festival opportunities to add an element of play to your tour.
  • Easy access to attractions such as the Oregon Coast, Multnomah Falls and Mt. Hood.

The Portland Rose Festival does not charge a fee to participate in our events, but we do have an application process. Guest Band applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early so we can help you plan your trip in advance. For more information about our Band Program, email us:

Applications for 2018 events are due November 17, 2017.

Elementary, Middle School and Junior High Bands

The Portland Rose Festival has a parade just for you! The Fred Meyer Junior Parade, held Wednesday, June 6, 2018, is open to elementary, middle school and junior high bands.

2018 Participation Form [PDF]

For more information about joining the Junior Parade band rotation, please download an application [see above] and turn it in by November 30, 2017, or email us: