Rose Festival Parades To Return This Summer

The Portland Rose Festival announced today that CareOregon will become the new title sponsor of the festival’s popular Starlight Parade, happening on June 4, 2022. After two years of hosting virtual events, the Portland Rose Festival is excited to announce plans to return to in-person festivities this summer.

Jeff Curtis, Portland Rose Festival CEO says “The Rose Festival is back this year for the Rose City Reunion. The Rose Festival is happy to be part of Portland’s comeback story, featuring all three of our parades starting with the Care Oregon Starlight Parade. We’re honored to have CareOregon as a Premier Sponsor, joining a group of corporate leaders who recognize the value that the Rose Festival brings to the community.”

The Starlight Parade kicks off the Rose Festival’s parade series, which also includes the Junior Parade and Grand Floral Parade. The festival’s theme this year, Rose City Reunion, is meant to capture the spirit of Oregonians coming back together to celebrate and reinvigorate our sense of community pride and togetherness.

“CareOregon has been a longtime participant in and supporter of the Portland Rose Festival,” said Eric C. Hunter, CareOregon CEO. “When we were approached about joining the Portland Rose Festival in this new capacity, we saw this as an opportunity to contribute to community health. As the largest provider of Oregon Health Plan services in our state, we know that good health is about more than just healthcare. We need strong communities to build healthy futures—this includes civic events, such as the Rose Festival. Oregonians need something to cheer for. We’re hopeful that Rose Festival will be back on the Portland streets this summer.”

"The Starlight Parade is a favorite event for thousands of Portlanders" says Amy Johnson, Starlight Parade chair. "Every year it showcases the spirit of the people who live in this region and brings us together to celebrate our city. CareOregon is the perfect partner to help Rose Festival bring this event back with an emphasis on the health and wellness of our community.”

Applications are open now for parade entries including floats, marching units, bands, and special entries from the community. The application deadline for the CareOregon Starlight Parade is March 23, 2022.

Fans can also watch the CareOregon Starlight Parade on KPTV FOX12 Oregon, Saturday June 4, 2022.

Release your inner silly and join the Rose Festival Clowns. Applications available now at:

Help us make memories and join the conversation online by sharing what the Rose Festival means to you or your family using #RoseCityReunion

Source: Portland Rose Festival

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