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Volunteer with the Rose Festival

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, tickets to CityFair, reserved seats at the Grand Floral Parade, and t-shirts (for those helping with clean-up).

Thanks to the hundreds 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 areas of interest you have! For more information about what each volunteer opportunity entails, check the list below the form.

Does your entire office, church group, sports team or service group want to volunteer?

For group volunteer opportunities, please indicate your group details in the form below or email our Volunteer Coordinator Dani at

Seeking Parade Guides

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 3, the Fred Meyer Junior Parade on June 7 and Grand Floral Parade on June 10. 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
Wells Fargo Bank logo, white letters on a red square background, with a yellow stripe at the bottom

Special thanks to Wells Fargo, our 2023 Volunteer Program Presenting Sponsor!

Volunteer Registration

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

Area of Interest

Parade Guides and Other Interests
Check all that you're interested in

Group Registration

If so, how many?

About You

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

Float Decorating Shifts

Please select all that you will attend

Volunteer Opportunities Available

Grand Floral Parade - Float Decorator June 3-9, multiple shifts

Grand Floral Parade - Mini-Float Decorator, May 1 - June 9 Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm, or 1pm-8pm Fridays-Saturdays from 9am-5pm

Starlight Parade - Parade Guide- June 3, 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Grand Floral Parade Guide - Saturday, June 10 7am-1pm

Junior Parade - Parade Guide - June 7, 11am -3pm

Starlight Parade - Cleanest and Greenest Team June 3, 6:30pm-10:30pm

Starlight Run - Set Up and Monitoring, June 3, 5-8 p.m.

Float Decorating Team

Float decorating volunteers will join us in the final week of parade preparation before the Grand Floral Parade. 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 FLOWERS!

Cleanest & Greenest Team

The Rose Festival values environment responsibility and we pride ourselves on being recognized internationally for our famous parade cleanups! A big part of this is empowering parade-goers help us keep the streets clean.

The Cleanest & Greenest Team for CareOregon Starlight Parade will distribute bags along the route pre-parade and encourage parade viewers to pack their garbage out and as we Oregonians like to call it, Leave No Trace! The team will also lead the end of the parade ahead of the street cleaners to help them with final pick-up.

Everyone on the team will get volunteer t-shirts and special reserved seating to view the parade in style!

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