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Portland Rose Festival going virtual due to COVID-19

There are plans to hold an actual festival at some point, but for now events are being held virtually.
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The 2019 Portland Rose Festival Junior Parade.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Rose Festival is hopeful that it will be able to host the festival in August or September but in the meantime, it is going digital during the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers are asking people to celebrate at home for two parades they're calling the Porch Parade and Grand Petite Parade.

For the porch parade, the Rose Festival Foundation asks you decorate your porch, lawn, sidewalk, whatever you can that is visible to the street, in whatever theme you want. The Rose Festival will make a virtual map of the registered porches across the city so you can enjoy the porches from a safe distance. On Saturday, May 23, and Saturday, May 30, the Rose Festival VIP Procession will visit the registered houses. 

The Rose Festival asks if you parade in place to use the hashtags #paradinginplace or #RFporchparade.

The Grand Petite Parade will be live on Facebook on Saturday, June 6. The parade will feature shoebox floats from community members, a celebration of marching bands and other Rose Festival favorites. Anyone who wants to participate is welcome to make a shoebox float of their own and submit photos using #grandpetiteparade, which may be used in the livestream.

Other events taking place include:

For more information visit the Portland Rose Festival’s website.

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