Royal Rosarian Foundation The Royal Rosarians — a unique organization separate from the Portland Rose Festival Foundation — serve as Portland’s official greeters and ambassadors by charter from the Mayor’s office. They march alongside the bands and floats in the Grand Floral Parade and produce several events throughout the year and during the Rose Festival, including the well-known Royal Rosarian Knighting Ceremony and the Rose Festival Blessing & Memorial Service.
In 1911, 70-some Portland business and civic leaders went as official delegates to Seattle’s Golden Potlatch Festival. After returning to Portland, they formed an organization to greet important visiting guests and share goodwill throughout the region. The following year (1912), 100 newly organized Royal Rosarians made their first appearance dressed in white suits, straw hats and white accessories, the well-known outfit still worn today. For more information about the Royal Rosarians –- including a calendar of events, newsletters and photos –- please visit their website:RoyalRosarians.com