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Rosie Reunion: WWII Rosies to Headline Grand Floral Parade

The Portland Rose Festival is set to make history this year by welcoming a special addition to its lineup: the legendary World War II Rosie the Riveters. These iconic women will not only grace the parade but also hold the esteemed position of Grand Marshals.

For the first time ever, the annual American Rosie the Riveter Association Convention will coincide with the festival, adding a unique touch to the celebrations. Join us as we bring together World War II Rosies from across the nation, along with their descendants and family members, to honor their vital role in the war effort.

The visiting Rosies will be showcased on their own float sponsored by The Boeing Company during the Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, June 10, accompanied by a group of modern-day tradeswomen from IBEW Local 48 dressed as Rosie the Riveter.

You can also join us for a lively meet and greet with the Rosies at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront on Friday, June 9, from 4-6 p.m.

The convergence of the American Rosie the Riveter Association Convention with the Portland Rose Festival is a momentous occasion that embodies the spirit of community, diversity, and inclusivity that the festival represents. It is a celebration of the past, present, and future, and a tribute to the contributions of women to our society. The festival promises to be a memorable and meaningful experience for all, as it commemorates this historic milestone in Portland’s history.


Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Experience the true window on the world inside Veterans Memorial Coliseum during the parade! Open curtains bathe the venue in natural light, offering captivating views of the river and the majestic west hills. Forget about the street chaos and secure your spot in these weatherproof seats, complete with cushioned seating, restroom facilities, and enthusiastic announcers.

Visit TICKETS and get your tickets now to enhance your parade experience!

Doors open: 7:30 a.m.
Pre-Parade Entertainment: 8:30 a.m.

The Parade Route - Streets

The parade route starts at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, ventures onto Broadway, and proceeds along Weidler to MLK Jr. Boulevard. A right turn takes the parade down MLK Jr. Boulevard until Lloyd Boulevard. Another left turn onto Lloyd Boulevard leads to the parade's grand finale at 16th and Multnomah, near the Lloyd Center!


Can't make it to the Live action? We've got you covered thanks to the generous help from our friends at Fox 12 Oregon, who help us produce our Live telecast of this event. Tune in!

9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Rose Festival Special: Grand Floral Parade Preview
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon: Grand Floral Parade

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Grand Floral Parade rebroadcast
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