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We Love Our Volunteers!

The Portland Rose Festival relies on thousands of dedicated volunteers to bring our events and programs to life. Right now we're in prime preparation time, and are looking for volunteers to help make Festival events a success. “Successful communities are built on strong partnerships."

You can volunteer on your own, with your friends and family, or with a community group. The more the merrier!

In exchange for their time, volunteers will receive community service hours, a ticket into CityFair, (4) reserved seats at the Grand Floral Parade, and a t-shirt (for day-of parade volunteers).

Thanks to the thousands of volunteers who help make the Rose Festival a success!

If you'd like to join the grandest group of volunteers who help produce the Portland Rose Festival each and every year, just tell us a little bit about yourself below, and let us know what opportunity interests you!

Parade Guide Team

Register to Volunteer as a 2024 Parade Guide!

We need your help!

We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help support the parade to ensure safety of participants and spectators by actively managing street closure barricades. Volunteers will help act as the "eyes and ears" around the parade route and work with our on-site safety team to report any incidents.

This role is available for the CareOregon Starlight Parade on June 1, the Fred Meyer Junior Parade on June 5 and Grand Floral Parade on June 8. Bring a family member or friend if you can!

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure the safety of parade participants and guests by actively managing street closure barricades
  • Greet people and welcome them to the parade
  • Assist parade participants through entry & exit areas
  • Report incidents to the safety team on site
  • Guide community members in wayfinding around the parade area

Please note - To register as a Parade Guide you will need to create an account on

Thank you for registering!

Float Decorating Team

Float decorating volunteers can join us as early as Mid-Spring for mini-float decorating! Mini-floats are decorated over a few months leading up to the Grand Floral Parade so our mini-float coordinator will reach out and inquire about when you specifically would like to come volunteer. Decorating of the big "Grand Floral" floats occurs the final week before the Grand Floral Parade (June 1 - 7). All float decorating volunteers will get the chance to get up close and personal with our floral floats and help put the finishing touches on before the big day.

Along with your crew chief, you'll help paint the base colors for each float, then apply the matching organic materials which may include seeds, beans, rice and of course LIVE FLOWERS!

No experience is necessary as your crew chief will help you flex your creative skills on anything from cutting leaves from a stem, filling water vials, pulling petals, or even slicing fruit. All float decorators must be at least 12 years old (with an accompanying adult) and sign a waiver (adult or guardian). Volunteer shifts run from 9-12pm, 12-3pm, 3-6pm, and 6-9pm. We welcome everyone, even if you are unable to stay for a full volunteer shift.

Register to Decorate Floats for the 2024 Portland Rose Festival!

Volunteer Information

Are you/your group 16 years or older?

If "No," please list the Age and Name of the parent or guardian volunteering with you.
Terms & Conditions

Mini Float Decorating Spring '24

*Parade Week Shifts

Big Float Decorating - Available Shifts

Select all you will attend

What should we consider when assigning task(s)?
(Radio, TV, email, website, friend, etc.)

Group Registration

If so, how many?

Do you have questions about registering a group of volunteers?

The Rose Festival is a great opportunity for churches, sports teams, offices and school groups to volunteer together!

Reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator Bridget at

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