Portland, OR. Fifteen Portland Rose Festival Princesses are making the rounds at local businesses, special events and celebrations. The 2017 court is a standout for its diversity. At a blessing by Archbishop Alexander Sample, he explained how the group has the opportunity to “honor diversity but celebrate our unity as a wonderful community of love, respect, and peace.” The 2017 Rose Festival court is made up almost entirely of young women of color. Five of the princesses were born outside of the country, representing Kenya, China, the Philippines and Ethiopia.

Court members were at the Delta Park Elmer’s Restaurant to help spread the word about “Rose Meals.” For each Rose Meal purchased at 12 participating restaurants through June 25th, Elmer’s will donate $1 to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. Since the program began in 2010, Elmer’s has raised $86,907 for the Rose Festival Foundation.

The Rose Festival Court is comprised of up to 15 young women chosen from Portland Metro-area high schools. After their selection court members travel full-time 5 days a week for 5 weeks, visiting community events, business leaders, hospitals, senior living centers, youth organizations and civic groups. Court Members also receive one-on-one mentorship, a $3,500 scholarship provided by The Randall Group, and a complete wardrobe. The Rose Festival Court is presented by Unitus Community Credit Union.

The Rose Festival Queen is chosen from the Court and is crowned at the Queen’s Coronation. The Queen represents Portland and the Rose Festival for one year at appearances throughout the country and abroad. The Coronation will be held just before the Grand Flora Parade on June 10th.

On April 23rd, members of the Rose Festival Court made their first public appearance at the annual Blessing of Festival.

Here’s a rundown of some popular Rose Festival Events:

SATURDAY June 3rd

DRAGON BOAT ART SHOW Antoinette Hatfield Hall – Portland5

SOGETSU IKEBANA EXHIBITION Japanese Garden Cultural Crossing Event Facility

CITYFAIR Tom McCall Waterfront Park
SIR MIX-A-LOT Tom McCall Waterfront Park 7:45 PM
STARLIGHT RUN Lincoln High School SW 16th & Salmon 8:30 PM
STARLIGHT PARADE Downtown Portland

 

SUNDAY 4

COUNTRYFEST Waterfront – RoZone Stage

 

WEDNESDAY 7
FLEET WEEK Tom McCall Waterfront Park
JUNIOR PARADE Hollywood District – NE Sandy and 52nd 1:00 PM

 

THURSDAY 8

SPRING ROSE SHOW Lloyd Center 1:00 PM

 

FRIDAY 9

ROYAL ROSARIAN HONORARY KNIGHTING Washington Park Ampitheater 10:00 AM

 

SATURDAY 10

DRAGON BOAT RACE Tom McCall Waterfront Park – South End 8:00 AM

QUEEN’S CORONATION Memorial Coliseum 9:30 AM

GRAND FLORAL WALK Memorial Coliseum to Downtown Portland 10:00 AM

GRAND FLORAL PARADE Memorial Coliseum to Downtown Portland 11:00 AM

GRAND FLORAL FLOAT SHOWCASE SW Naito Parkway 7:30 PM

 

SUNDAY 11

DRAGON BOAT RACES Tom McCall Waterfront Park – South End 10:00 AM

PORTLAND’S BEST ROSE Washington Park International Test Garden 11:00 AM

There are even more events at http://www.rosefestival.org/event-calendar/2017

 

Here’s more information on members of the 2017 Rose Festival Court.

Anna Smiley

PRINCESS ANNA SMILEY

LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Ermina Kariuki

PRINCESS ERMINA KARIUKI

JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Maggie Beutler

PRINCESS MAGGIE BEUTLER

WILSON HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Korah Vonderahe

PRINCESS KORAH VONDERAHE

ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

2017-david-douglas

PRINCESS TIFFANY NGUYEN

DAVID DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Mayranni Cervantes

PRINCESS MAYRANNI CERVANTES

PARKROSE HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Mele Kavapalu

PRINCESS MELE KAVAPALU

MADISON HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Keeley Nguyen

PRINCESS KEELY NGUYEN

FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Sade Means

PRINCESS SADE MEANS

GRANT HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Mahlet Wondayehu

PRINCESS MAHLET (MAHI) WONDAYEHU

CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Biftu Amin

PRINCESS BIFTU AMIN

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Lucy Sagoo

PRINCESS LUCHANNA (LUCY) SAGOO

ST. MARY’S ACADEMY

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Michaela Canete

PRINCESS MICHAELA CANETE

METRO WEST

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Madisyn Montgomery

PRINCESS MADISYN MONTGOMERY

METRO EAST

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Krishay Hayes-Motley

PRINCESS KRISHAY HAYES-MOTLEY

BENSON HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

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