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 CareOregon Starlight Parade, the Fred Meyer Junior Parade, and the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade.