PORTLAND -- The Portland Rose Festival’s colorful parades, carnival rides, and crowd-pleasing entertainment are known worldwide. Among the festival's most popular draws are the Grand Floral Parade, one of the nation's biggest all-floral parades, the Starlight Parade and CityFair.
Grand Floral Parade
Considered the crown jewel of the Rose Festival, the Spirit Mountain Grand Floral Parade began at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 7.
The 2014 Grand Marshals were the One More Time Around Again Marching Band, one of the largest marching bands in the world.
At 10 a.m., the parade wound its way down the 4.2-mile route. The parade started at the Memorial Coliseum and ended in downtown Portland as cheers rang out from the spectator-lined streets. The Queen of Rosaria was crowned just before the start of the parade, then presented to the public on the Rose Court float. Grand Floral parade info | Map
Dragon Boat Races
Along with attracting tourists from across the globe, the Rose Festival also serves as an important link to Portland’s sister city, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Portland celebrate this cultural connection with the Rose Festival's colorful Dragon Boat Races, modeled after the popular competition in Kaohsiung. This year, the Dragon Boat Races ran the weekend of June 7. Dragon boat race info
The CityFair opened at 5 p.m., on Thursday, May 23. Its the Rose Festival's largest attraction, with carnival rides, a wide variety of food vendors, beer, concerts, and even an exotic animals show.
Admission is $7 for people ages 7 and over and entry is free for kids under the age of 6. Active military members with valid ID get in free with one guest. CityFair info
The PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade, one of the festival's most unique events, lit up downtown Portland on Saturday, May 31.
Photos: Starlight Parade/Starlight Run
Bud Clark, Portland mayor from 1985 to 1992, was the 2014 Grand Marshal of the Starlight Parade
As the festival celebration continues, Fleet Week ships began arriving in Portland on Wednesday, June 4. Many of the ships were open for public tours daily, usually between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Admission was free, on a first-come basis. The last of the ships departed Portland on Monday, June 9. Fleet Week Schedule
The Fred Meyer Junior Parade was also a fan favorite, but for a much different reason. It’s a chance for local children to put on their favorite costumes and march down the streets of Northeast Portland while family members feverishly snap photos like the paparazzi.
The parade began at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, June 4 in the Hollywood District, just off Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 52nd Avenue.
TriMet: Getting to the Rose Festival