After a successful start back in 2008, the Rose Festival Clowns have reached a milestone this year, 10 years of a successful clown program.
Close to 140 people — such as doctors, teachers, financial planners, writers and home makers — have all been a part of this exciting program. The Rose Festival Clowns have brought color, humor and playfulness to thousands of people along parade routes and at Rose Festival events.
These ordinary-folks-turned-extraordinary-entertainers reflect both the historic traditions of clowning and the contemporary culture of the region. Named one of the Best Educational Programs in the World by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA), the Clowns are led by one of the region’s most talented professional clowns, Angel Ocasio (also known as the Rose Festival’s Clown Prince).
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Meet the Clown Prince,
the Rose Festival’s Official Mascot!
In 2011 the Rose Festival debuted its new mascot, the Clown Prince. An instant icon, the Clown Prince represents the spirit of the Rose Festival and its focus on fantasy, royalty and the love of laughter.
According to The Legend of the Clown Prince, he started out as just an ordinary boy named Angel who worked as hard as he could to grow up to be a great clown and represent a great festival. In 1914, Rose Festival Queen Thelma sent Angel on a quest to travel the world and see the best festivals, the best rose gardens and the best clowns.
After his long journey, Angel returned to Rosaria where he reported to the 2010 Rose Festival Queen Victoria Dinu that he could state “absolutely, categorically and ultra-definitely” that the Rose Festival is the best festival in the world. Pleased, Queen Victoria bestowed the title of the Rose Festival Clown Prince on Angel for his service to Rosaria. As the Clown Prince, Angel’s responsibility is to tell the world about the Rose Festival and to kick off the world-famous Grand Floral Parade.
Look for the Clown Prince, waving from his throne, in all three Rose Festival parades, the PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade, the Fred Meyer Junior Parade, and the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade.