Ok, I admit this is a little late in posting since the Rose Festival technically kicked off last weekend with the opening of the City Fair on the waterfront. It is probably because I live here, but I just don’t see what is so exciting about the Rose Festival. I don’t get very excited about parades, the City Fair is just a carnival, and the cool part of the Rose Festival, fleet week, is going to totally suck this year because the Navy and and Coast Guard will not be participating due to budget cuts. Now that I have you down, here is a list of events happening during this year’s Rose Festival!
The City Fair is a carnival along the waterfront. Admission is $7 per adult. Inside you will find food, carni rides, live music, and more. Since this is Portland, you will also find a beer garden serving local craft beer. Rogue Brewery makes a special beer for the festival that you can find inside the City Fair. The beer is actually made with rose petals.
Fleet week starts Monday. For a list of participating ships, click here. As I mentioned above this year’s fleet week is going to be a sad comparison to most years. However, the Canadian Navy is planning on sending the HMCS Oriole, which is a sailing ship. The Portland Fire Bureau is also going to have one of their fire boats participating as well. Tours are free so those may be a couple of ships worth checking out.
This parade is a favorite for locals with families. I actually participated in this parade when I was a kid. I’m not sure how much tourist appeal it has but if you are here with young kids, it may be worth checking out. The parade is on the east side of the river in the Hollywood neighborhood. The parade starts at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 5th. The parade goes down NE Sandy Blvd.
Grand Floral Parade
So this is the main event of the Rose Festival. It features floats decked out in flowers, marching bands, and of course the Rose Festival Queen, who is a local high school student. The parade starts at the Memorial Coliseum and ends in downtown Portland at Lincoln High School. Like I said before, I am not into parades so I just can’t get myself excited about this, especially when you add in the crowds, no thanks. The parade begins at 10:00 am Saturday, June 8th.
Many of you may be noticing that I left out another main attraction of the Rose Festival, the Starlight Parade. I did, because it was last night. I know, I suck. Like I said, I’m pretty apathetic to the whole Rose Festival experience. Better posts to follow, I promise!by