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Portland Rose Festival
From: 2016.06.08 To: 2016.06.17
This festival will have events for people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and interests. A variety of activities and competitions take place throughout the festival. If you are into sports, attend the Dragon Boat Race, where 4 teams compete every 9 minutes . If you are bringing your children, then make sure you stop by the Junior Parade composed entirely of kids. The festival took place for the first time in 1907. Today it consists of hundreds of events, such as a City Fair, a 3.1-mile Starlight Run, a fireworks show, film screenings, carnival rides, concerts, a Fleet Week, Rose Cup Races, Memorial Day celebrations and many other fun activities. The highlight of the festival is the Grand Floral Parade, featuring the most gorgeous floats you have ever seen. [Interesting fact: if you put together all of the flowers in this parade, you will have enough to send a dozen of them to your loved ones every day for 30 years!] Each year a court of high school senior students, the members of which are referred to as ‘princesses,’ select a queen. This ‘royal family’ then receives generous college scholarships. Join the celebration of love, friendship, generosity and unity this year and choose among hundreds of activities, which will entertain each member of your family.