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Portland Rose Festival

Every year for more than a century, the City of Roses* has thrown itself a massive party in the form of the Portland Rose Festival. Declared the city’s official festival in 2010, the celebration includes more than 60 events, starting in late May and ending in mid-June. With the festival comes parades, carnival rides, art shows, fun runs and more. (Best of all, everyone is invited) For a full list of events and activities, check the festival’s website.

The popular evening Starlight Parade features illuminated floats and a section with syncopated drummers and roller derby teams (and is preceded by the Starlight Run, a 5 km [3.1 mile] race filled with runners dressed in costumes).

The festival’s hallmark event, the Grand Floral Parade, has delighted crowds for over 115 years with all-floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units — in addition to vintage vehicles, colorful dancers, vintage vehicles, llamas, and so much more.



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