Street festivals are a sure sign that summer is near, just like sunflowers in bloom or snowmen screaming in agony. Celebrate the eternal cycle with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $30 for two reserved indoor seats for the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. (a $60 value)
- $55 for four reserved indoor seats for the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. (a $120 value)
Once seated inside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum downtown, guests witness the festival's Queen's Coronation, the start of the Grand Floral Walk, and the start of the parade from a weatherproof reserved seat. The parade features vibrant floats bedecked in floral displays, all following this year's theme: Portland's Party. Marching bands, special entries, and the Clown Prince, reveling mascot of the parade, join the floats in their procession. Throughout the proceedings, TV-crews film and broadcast the event live.
Portland Rose Festival
Known as the City of Roses, Portland has been annually celebrating its moniker for more than 100 years. Local publisher's wife Mrs. Henry Pittock and her friends held the first Portland Rose Festival in 1889, in the Pittock home's own garden. Fast-forward 120 years and this small gathering dedicated to the city's signature perennial has expanded into an annual month-long event, its centerpiece the massive rose garden that fills the entire Lloyd Center Ice Rink. Gardeners whisper sweet nothings to displays featuring more than 4,000 varieties of blooms, with a focus on that year's Official Rose and its fellow honorees.
The rose show isn't the Festival's only draw. Throughout its run, various public events take place downtown on both sides of—and in—the Willamette River. During the Dragon Boat Race, more than 80 local and international rowing teams pilot festive boats against each other in a heated dash down the river. About halfway through the festival, crowds gather in Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the start of the Grand Floral Parade. Following a different theme each year, this event gathers vibrant floats bedecked in floral displays and accompanied by dance ensembles, live a capella groups, and traditional marching bands. During the parade's launch, organizers crown that year's queen and unite her with the Festival's fun-loving mascot, the Clown Prince. The Grand Floral Walk gathers volunteer revelers to follow the same route as the downtown parade, and benefits the Knight Cancer Challenge.