Highlight of the Week 

Rose Festival  

Find out what is in store for you in Portland, Oregon! 

Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon 

Portland’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon has more than 10,000 runners and is the biggest moving block party! Run across two of Portland’s featured bridges and the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. You can relax and listen to 2014 headliner hip-hop blues band G. Love and Special Sauce at the Finish Line Concert.


Royal Canad
ian Navy ketch HMCS Oriole/Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell
Come tour the oldest commissioned vessel in the Royal Canadian Navy, the ketch HMCS Oriole, and the Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell during Fleet Week. The Oriole based in Vancouver, B.C. was built in 1921 and was commissioned in 1952 and has a 105-foot mast and about 16,000 square feet of sail. Canadian naval vessels began visiting the Rose Festival in 1924. USCGC BLUEBELL is one of only two 100 foot Inland Buoy Tenders (WLI) currently in service in the U.S. Coast Guard. She was built by the Birchfield Boiler Co. in Tacoma, Washington in September 28, 1944 and was commissioned April 4, 1945. The cutter is currently home ported in Portland, Oregon. Her primary mission is servicing Aids to Navigation (ATON) in an area of responsibility covering 500 river miles.


Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade 

Don’t miss the annual tradition the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade with the all-floral floats, marching bands, vintage vehicles, and colorful dancers.  Watch for the Clown Prince, waving from his own moving throne.



Rose Festival City: The BEST Festival in the WORLD! 
Join the entertainment hot spot at the Rose FestivalCity Fair, the best festival in the world!  Enjoy carnival ride, sky diver, live
exotic animal display, some of Portland’s own bands, and of course all the delicious food from around the world.  Opening night
we will have RoZone Fireworks Experience presented by Pacific Power and Grand Flora Fireworks presented by City Target, so
don’t miss the light show.



2014 Annual Rose Festival Calendar of Events


May 18

Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon

May 23

Opening Night RoZone Fireworks Experience presented by Pacific Power

May 23-26

Rose Festival City Fair

May 29 – June 1

Rose Festival City Fair

May 31

Starlight Run

May 31

PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade

June 4

Fred Meyer Junior Parade

June 4-8

Fleet Week

June 5-8

Rose Festival City Fair

June 5-6

Lloyd Center/Portland Rose Society 126thAnnual Spring Rose Show

June 5

Rose Festival Creative Youth Awards

June 7

Queen’s Coronation presented by Pacific Power

June 7

Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk

June 7

Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade

June 7-8

Grand Floral Float Showcase

June 7-8

Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race

June 13-15

Rose Cup Races

*Events, dates, and sponsors subject to change.

For more information on scheduled events, call 503-227-2681 or visit www.RoseFestival.org.





Operation Rose Festival:
The annual Rose Festival is driven by the Portland Rose Festival Foundation; this organization is a charitable nonprofit whose mission is “to serve families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education and volunteerism.” Not only does the Rose Festival strive to have a positive impact on humanity, but the Rose Festival also strives to have a positive impact on the world and preserve the history of the Rose Festival.  

The Rose Festival strives to promote art programs. 
- Rose City Sing-Off, a cappella competition.
- International Youth Silent Film Festival.
The efforts of these programs recognize the talents of young people and result in cash awards and opportunities for the winners.

The Rose Festival strives to promote education by providing scholarships:
- $52,500 went to 15 young women on the 2012 Rose Festival Court, thanks to The Randall Group
- The Living History Program has reached 1,500 third graders and millions of festival-goers. 
Through programs, classes, workshops, museum tours and live performances people are more educated about The Living History. 

The Rose Festival strives to gain “helping hands” in the community
- 3,600 Rose Festival volunteers give more than 10,000 hour of their time throughout the festival.
- Volunteers are led by the International Festivals & Events Association.
Through many help hands, the Rose Festival goes off without a hitch year after year, continuing the tradition. 

 The Rose Festival strives to keep our earth clean and green. 
- Rose Festival is recognized as one of the top environmental festivals in the world.
- Efforts include: parade cleanups, recycling, composting, collecting oil from food vendors and offsetting the kilowatt hours used at City Fair.
The efforts that Portland has made to keep our earth clean and green has been recognized by North America as Portland was chosen to host this year’s World Environment Day. 

The Rose Festival strives to celebrate diversity:
- Grand Floral Parade is one of the most diverse presentations of local and international culture.
- Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra from Korea, Suzhou ballet dancers from China and Shu-Te High School Band from Taiwan are some of the many cultural performances highlighted.
By celebrating diversity, Portland’s nine Sister Cities and their cultures were highlighted in 2012. 

The Rose Festival strives to celebrate patriotism and service: 
- Festival has strong military participation overall.
- Service section of the Grand Floral Parade honors the military and other organization.
By celebrating patriotism and service, the Rose Festival honors military men and women for protecting and preserving the individual freedom. 

The Rose Festival maintains a high standard of educating and giving back to humanity and the world, but the Rose Festival also maintains a high standard of continuing tradition. The Queen of Flowers, the rose; the event that started the history was the Portland Rose Society’s Spring Rose Show, which will reach 126 years this year, featuring hundreds of colorful blooms. The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is an award winning park and a must see this June!








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