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Rose Festival Guest Band Application Form

Bring Your Band To The Portland Rose Festival!

Since 1907, thousands of spectators have flocked to Portland, Oregon, for a front-row seat at our world-class events, including our Grand Floral Parade—the second largest all-floral parade in the nation. Hundreds of the finest bands in the country have experienced the thrill of performing for our enthusiastic audiences. Now, it’s your turn!

Performance Opportunities

Starlight Parade - First Saturday after Memorial Day, 8:30 p.m.

Showcasing the Festival’s zany side, this illuminated parade lights up two miles of downtown Portland with sparkling floats and costumed marchers. Drawing about 250,000 spectators and broadcast live on local TV, the parade is a favorite of local bands, who return each year to compete and entertain.

Grand Floral Parade - Second Saturday after Memorial Day, 10 a.m.

Viewed by hundreds of thousands of spectators and televised to nearly 2 million viewers, our all-floral parade is the Rose Festival’s signature event. Premier high school bands from the Northwest and across the nation compete for the coveted Sweepstakes award in this four mile parade.

Invitations for Rose Festival parades are issued via email each December for the following year's events. To avoid any misunderstandings, please do not publicize your participation in an event to parents or students until invitations have been issued. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Weigand at the Rose Festival office.

Thank you for your interest in the Portland Rose Festival! We look forward to working with you and your students as we Focus on Fun and bring music and celebration to the streets of Portland!

School Mailing Address
Cell Phone for Band Director
Please choose all that apply:

Please provide approximate numbers for all categories.
(school name if no band name)

(recent awards, honors, appearances, parades, etc)

Please upload a Color Photo of Band in Uniform (photo of uniformed member ok, if whole band n/a)
Please select the events below that you would like to participate in.
Please check all that apply!

(Include additional event/performance requests)



High School and guest Band entries in Rose Festival parades must be in uniform. Elementary, middle or junior high school bands do not have to wear traditional band uniforms. They may dress in a uniform fashion, i.e. same color shirts, pants, shoes, etc. Completely disorganized dress is discouraged.

Outwalkers with a parade unit need to be uniform in their appearance.Parents or students carrying water, supplies or equipment need to wear coordinated clothing, i.e. same color shirts, pants, shoes, etc. Please note: outwalkers/parents/etc. should also plan to walk in line or formation, to improve the appearance of the entry.

Band judging includes appearance, so you can increase your general effect scores by having your entire parade entry look as sharp as possible.


There must not be any playing or marching in the formation area. Warm-up is permitted. Important radio communication to coordinate the parade takes place in this area and is adversely affected by band play. Please do not play until you step off in the parade proper.


A brief warm-up is allowed prior to entering the parade route for the Starlight and Grand Floral parades. The warm-up is defined as pianissimo long tones, tuning, a scale, a short chorale or similar exercise.It is not playing a tune.The band must face away from the parade entry location during its warm-up, and designated warm-up areas must be observed.Percussion sections must follow the same warm-up rule with quiet exercise.

Pacing on the parade route is intended to be 50-60 feet from the unit ahead of you (approximately 1/2 block). Unless otherwise directed, you must maintain forward motion (no counter marching, side steps, etc.) and not allow gaps beyond the 60 feet. (Some exceptions apply for approved TV area performances).

Playing on the route is required at the band judging and at the Starlight and Grand Floral parades' television locations. Announcing platforms on the Starlight and Grand Floral parades are going to introduce your band, so playing at that spot is encouraged. People lining the parade route want you to play the entire time. We know that is impossible, but try to entertain as many people as possible.

You represent your school and your community and perform before thousands of people at the Rose Festival parades. If you adhere to these rules carefully, you will increase your judging scores, the formation officials will be your friends, and you will have a highly successful experience.

Thank you for being a part of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation celebration.

I have read and agree to the Rose Festival band policy.
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