Flying carpets, Portlandia at Starlight Parade

Flying carpets, Portlandia at Starlight Parade

Flying carpets, Portlandia at Starlight Parade

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Posted on May 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 2 at 12:48 PM

PORTLAND – One of the most unique and popular events of the Rose Festival, the PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade featured floats that lit up the night Saturday, as thousands of spectators lined the streets, cuddling under blankets.

“The Starlight Parade continues a longtime festival tradition from the early 1900s, when illuminated floats built on electric trolley cars made their way through the city on trolley tracks,” Rose Festival officials said. “Participants light up the night with approximately 100 illuminated entries along a 2.25-mile route.”

This year the parade also featured a 'Portlandia' section, flying carpets and laughing yogis.

Bud Clark, Portland mayor from 1985 to 1992, was the 2014 Grand Marshal of the Starlight Parade.

Photos: Best of Starlight Run and Starlight Parade

The Starlight Run preceded Saturday's parade, taking mostly-costumed runners on a 5K course around downtown Portland. About 7,500 people took part in the race. It's the largest fun run in Oregon, festival officials said.

2014 Rose Festival Event Guide 

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