Portland, OR. Portlanders are getting a chance to tour several U.S. and Canada ships and meet military service members and veterans. Ship tours continue through Sunday, June 10th. The Rose Festival Court made history on June 9th when Kiara Johnson became the first student from Parkrose high school honored as Queen of Rosaria. Queen Kiara, plans on attending college to pursue a career as a veterinarian or journalist. Each Rose Festival Court member receives a $3500 Scholarship courtesy of The Randal Group to use at a collage of their choice. 

Kiara Johnson and her family.

Another first was a canine Rose Festival Parade Grand Marshal named Diesel, a 2 1/2 year-old English Mastiff. Diesel was chosen in a contest benefiting the Rose Festival’s 2018 Official Charity, the Oregon Humane Society. 

Diesel rode in a convertible during the parade.

The 2018 parade drew hundreds of thousands of cheering people to the 4-mile route.

The nation’s most storied marching band: the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps make their first appearance in Portland since 1989.

Below is a list of the winners:


Hillmann Lueddemann Jr. Sweepstakes Award (Most outstanding float in the Parade) Alaska Airlines


President’s Award (Most effective overall floral presentation) Reser’s Fine Foods           

Queens Award (Most Creative float in the parade) p:ear

Governor’s Award (Best depiction of life in Oregon) Portland General Electric

Royal Rosarian Award (Best craftsmanship and workmanship) Fred Meyer

Rose Society Award (Most effective use and display of roses) Unitus Community Credit Union

Rose Festival Directors Award (Best depiction of volunteerism) Northwest Chinese Alliance

Rose Festival Court Award (Best example of enthusiasm and teamwork) Juega Feliz 

Grand Marshal Award (Best depiction of whimsy) Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

Theme Award (Best presentation of Rose Festival theme – Play Happy) Rose Festival CityFair

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Award (Best depiction of community spirit) Cambia Portland Classic

Peg Roseboro Award (Most artistic design and presentation) Spirit mountain Casino

Dick Powers Picture Perfect Award (Best Mini-float) Metro Mini-Float

Parade Queen Award Westminster Hyack Festival Mini-float

Parade Chairman Award Lincoln City Mini-Float BAND AWARDS:                                                                                                                 

Band Sweepstakes (Best Band in Parade)

            Westview High School 

In-State Division A (99 Members or Less)

First Place – Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, OR               

Second Place – Aloha High School, Beaverton, OR

Third Place – Lincoln High School, Portland, OR       

In-State Open (100 or more)

            First Place – Tualatin High School, Tualatin, OR

            Second Place – Oregon City High School, Oregon City, OR

            Third Place – Century High School, Hillsboro, OR 

Out-of-State Division A (99 Members or Less)

First Place – Battle Ground High School, Battle Ground, WA                                  

Second Place – Prairie High School, Brush Prairie, WA

Third Place – South Kitsap High School, Port Orchard, WA 


Vern Hulit Award for Excellence in Preparation,

Organization and Presentation

            Happy Canyon Princesses

Native or National Costume, Individual/Pair

            Happy Canyon Indian Princesses

Native Dress – Group

Hawaii Pa’u Riders 

Rodeo or Fair Queen and Court

            Pendleton Round Up Court

Here’s information on more Rose Festival events:

Join the thrill of the Dragon Boat Race Saturday and Sunday at the Waterfront Bowl area near Riverplace Marina as more than 50 teams push the traditional ornately decorated Dragons to victory. Teams of up to 20 paddlers compete in Women’s, Mixed and Student categories from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.  

CityFair wraps the festival with great food, extra kids fun and Funtastic carnival rides. If they went by too fast on Saturday, come down to CityFair and see them up close as the floats from the Grand Floral Parade put the brakes on and pause for photo-ops along Naito Parkway for the Grand Floral Float Showcase starting at 3:00 p.m. Saturday through 4:00 p.m. Sunday. 

Also on Sunday amateur ukulele players are invited to join the first Ukulele Rose Experience and jam session. Led by local musician Rick Huddle and Introducing bass player Matt Lynch, the one hour session will be emceed by comedian & Clown Prince Angel Ocasio. Join the music Sunday, June 10, 2018 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. on the Rose City Stage inside CityFair at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. CityFair admission is FREE with ukulele and all ages and skill levels welcome! (Bring your music stand).

Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors — and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of the purposes of Fleet Week has always been to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all veterans. The Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate to be one of a few U.S. Ports of Call for a courtesy visit from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy. Their arrival commemorates a relationship with the Navy that has lasted more than 100 years, and over 80 years of visiting Portland during the Rose Festival. It is a significant commitment by the Navy to make the Rose Festival Fleet Week one of the premier Fleet Week events in the country.