Friday, June 5, 2015

Rose Festival: A Portland Tradition for 100 Years


World famous for its remarkable events and intricate rose covered parade floats, the Portland Rose Festival is celebrating its 100th year with the 2015 theme: “Bloomin’ Good Time.”  The Rose Festival is a beloved Portland tradition comprised of many events including: three parades, run/walks, Dragon Boat Races, Rose Festival Court, Fleet Week, and the waterfront fireworks, concerts, and fair.

The Rose Festival Court is comprised of up to 15 outstanding young women chosen from Portland Metro-area high schools. Beginning May 5, they travel full-time 5 days a week for 5 weeks, visiting community events, business leaders, hospitals, senior living centers, youth organizations and civic groups. Court Members also receive one-on-one mentorship from top female executives, a $3,500 scholarship, and participate in the parades.  

The Rose festival includes three parades: The Junior Parade, The Starlight Parade and the exciting Grand Floral Parade on June 6th featuring 14 all-floral floats, 17 marching bands, 19 equestrian units, vintage vehicles, flag-festooned marching groups, colorful dancers, the Clydesdale horses and much more. 

The Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate to be one of a few U.S. Ports of Call for a courtesy visit from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy.  Tours of the military vessels are free during Fleek Week. Another fun tradition of the Rose Festival is the Dragon Boat Races. Held on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, the races feature exciting four-team heats held every nine minutes. More than 80 different teams – local, national and international – compete to win.  

Come out and enjoy the many exciting events of the Portland Rose Festival! For more information, visit http://www.rosefestival.org.