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Marching band music is an integral part of every parade! The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is always seeking to connect with marching bands of all types, locally and globally. Read on to learn how your band can get involved with Portland Rose Festival events!

2021 & 2022 Marching Band Opportunities

If you’re looking for performance opportunities for the 2021 Rose Festival season (May-June), please reach out to let us know your band is interested and available. While our large events like parades and waterfront activities are not happening in 2021, we are looking at ways to incorporate marching bands into our 2021 programming. Please email us at or leave us a message at 503.227.2681!

2022 Marching Band applications will be available in the Fall
As you plan your band’s schedule for the 2021-2022 school year, it's never too early to consider Rose Festival performance opportunities! We are planning for a great lineup of parades, stages and other opportunities, including:

  • CityFair Performances, various dates and times, May 27-June 12, 2022.
  • Starlight Parade, Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Grand Floral Parade, Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Local and regional high school band applications for 2022 events will be available in Fall, 2021

Band directors will be contacted as application information becomes available. Invitations will be extended following the application deadline (2022 deadline date TBA).

Welcome Guest Marching Bands for 2022 and Beyond!

The Portland Rose Festival welcomes appearances from out-of-town marching bands at many of 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 for up to 3 years prior to the desired festival year. 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 2022 and 2023 events from guest bands are currently being accepted. Deadline TBA.

Guest bands may apply any time of year for Rose Festival parades. In a typical year, parade applications must be received by November of the year prior to the parade in which you wish to participate. Invitations will be issued after the deadline (2022 deadline TBA).

Elementary, Middle School and Junior High Bands

The Portland Rose Festival has a parade just for you! The Fred Meyer Junior Parade is open to elementary, middle school and junior high bands. Beginning in 2019, band eligibility was set on a 3 year rotation schedule. Participation form, rotation schedule, and more information about the rotation process is available below.

Elementary, Middle School and Junior High Band Participation Forms and Information:
For more information about adding your band to the Junior Parade band rotation, please download a Participation Form [see above] and submit it to:

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