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Rose City Rollers at the CareOregon Starlight Parade on June 1st!

Join Rose City Rollers at the CareOregon Starlight Parade!

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2024

Time: 8 PM – 10 PM

Location: Downtown Portland ending at Lincoln High School

Come celebrate with the Rose City Rollers and experience the electrified, funky fun as we skate in the CareOregon Starlight Parade! One of the Rose Festival’s most popular events, the Starlight Parade offers a unique blend of traditional marching bands, flood-lit floats, glow-in-the-dark umbrellas, and creative hand-built entries. This event showcases the vibrant and diverse community groups from Portland and the surrounding Pacific Northwest region, creating an atmosphere like no other on Portland’s downtown streets.

About the Parade

The Starlight Parade continues a longstanding festival tradition from the early 1900s, when illuminated floats built on electric trolley cars made their way through the city on trolley tracks. Today, the parade features approximately 100 illuminated entries, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to downtown Portland. It’s a spectacular display of light and creativity that you won’t want to miss!

Parade Route

The Starlight Parade travels through downtown Portland and ends at Lincoln High School. Join us along the route for an unforgettable evening of illuminated entertainment. For the best viewing experience, we recommend arriving early to secure a prime spot. Check out the Route Map below and find your favorite location!

Pro Tip

Visit CityFair and then step out to Naito Parkway to watch the parade, right where it starts! It’s a fantastic way to enjoy the full Rose Festival experience.

Parking and Transportation

We highly encourage arriving by TriMet to avoid the hassle of parking downtown. If you do plan to drive, here are a few suggested parking locations nearby different parts of the Starlight Parade route:

  • Smart Park: SW 1st & Jefferson, SW 4th & Yamhill (arrive early – 4th Ave closes by 4:30 PM through the duration of the parade), SW 10th & Yamhill
  • World Trade Center Parking Garage: 56 SW Taylor St (arrive very early – Naito Parkway will be closed by 1:30 PM through the duration of the parade)
  • Public Parking: SW Alder and 4th (arrive early – 4th Ave closes by 4:30 PM through the duration of the parade)
  • ABM Parking Services: 121 SW 4th Ave. (arrive early – 4th Ave closes by 4:30 PM through the duration of the parade), and US Bankcorp Tower Parking (111 SW 5th Ave)
  • Old Town Chevron: 4th and Burnside (arrive early – 4th Ave and Burnside will close by 4:30 PM through the duration of the parade)

Note: All suggested parking lots and facilities are independently owned and operated from the Portland Rose Festival Foundation.

See You There!

We are thrilled to be part of this iconic event and can’t wait to light up the night with you! Look for the Rose City Rollers as we skate with pride and enthusiasm. For more information about the parade, visit the official Rose Festival website.

Don’t miss the fun of one of the Rose Festival’s best and brightest traditions! Let’s make this a night to remember together!