Portland kicks off its big party
by: David Ball Centennial High School tuba players Bradley Craft, foreground, and Sam Woodell march during the 2009 Grand Floral Parade.

Events run through June 19

The Portland Rose Festival runs through Sunday, June 19, and the newly named CityFair at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland is the site of several events that make up the festival.

Waterfront has been redesigned as a major entertainment venue, which will feature several concerts, as well as the Vertigo, the tallest amusement ride in town.

Here's a quick check on big festival events - more info can be found at

May 27-30, June 2-5, June 9-12

CityFair, Waterfront Park, opens at 5 p.m. May 27-30; 3 p.m. June 2-3; 11 a.m. June 4-5; 3 p.m. June 9-10; and 11 a.m. June 11-12.

Saturday, June 4

Starlight Parade, downtown Portland, 8:30 p.m. The parade draws more than 250,000 spectators.

Wednesday, June 8

Junior Parade, 1 p.m., starts at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 52nd Avenue in the Hollywood district.

Approximately 30 marching bands from schools in the Portland/Vancouver metro area will fill the Hollywood District with music.

June 8-12

Fleet Week, Waterfront Park: Naval vessels as well as U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Maritime Forces ships arrive for a four-day visit to the City of Roses. Ship tours available daily.

June 9-10

123rd annual Spring Rose Show, Lloyd Center Ice Chalet, 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 9; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 10. Rose growers from across the Pacific Northwest participate, and some 6,000 spectators from across the country are expected to visit this year's show. Admission is $3.

Saturday, June 11

Queen's Coronation, Memorial Coliseum, 8:30 a.m. The queen represents Portland and the Rose Festival for one year at appearances throughout the country and abroad. Admission is $30.

Grand Floral Walk, Memorial Coliseum at 9:30 a.m.

Grand Floral Parade, Memorial Coliseum to downtown, at 10 a.m.

June 11-12

Grand Floral Float Showcase, CityFair, at 3 p.m. June 11, and 11 a.m. June 12.

Dragon Boat Race, Willamette River, starts at south end of Waterfront Park, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Friday to Sunday, June 17-19

Rose Cup Races at Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The Rose Cup Race takes place Sunday afternoon.

Garden ceremony

The 12th annual Memorial Rose Garden Ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, in the Powell Valley Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, 4001 S.E. 182nd Ave.

Powell Valley staff and family members join together to celebrate the lives of residents who have passed away during the last year.

The Portland Royal Rosarians officiate, with the Rose Festival Court in attendance. There are more than 150 lush and fragrant rose bushes in the memorial garden where family, friends and staff members plant rose bushes.

A brunch buffet will be served following the ceremony.

For more information, call Denise Zimmerman or Desiree Zimmerman at 503-665-2496.

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