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Starlight Parade to brighten (and close) downtown Portland streets Saturday

About 325,000 people will hit downtown Portland on Saturday evening for the Rose Festival Starlight Parade, which features more than 100 illuminated floats.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Rose Festival is underway and one of the signature events will draw thousands to downtown Saturday night. 

The Starlight Parade starts at 8:30 p.m. at Northwest Burnside and 9th Avenue. The route takes a right turn on 4th Avenue, then heads north on Broadway before taking a left on Washington. Then it'll follow 12th Avenue to Taylor Street before ending at Lincoln High school.

Parade organizers estimate 325,000 people will attend the event, which features illuminated floats – a throwback to the early 1900s when the city was celebrating its electric trolley cars.

The parade will be streamed live right here Saturday evening

Credit: Rose Festival

The Starlight Run is the parade’s opening act. It starts at 7 p.m. on Morrison Street near Naito Parkway. The run used to follow the exact parade route, but this year will start and end near the Portland City Fair.

Expect road closures and traffic delays to start as early as 3 p.m.

More: Starlight Run registration, location and details

Related: 2018 Starlight Parade illuminates downtown Portland

Archive: Joe Donlon and Tracy Barry at the 2000 Starlight Parade

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