Starlight Parade crowd crowns 'Queen Thelma' with pennies
People voting for the historic Queen Thelma Saturday night raised $1,634 in pennies for the Knight Cancer Challenge, the Portland Rose Festivals official charity.
Thousands lined downtown streets for more than five hours May 31 as well-lit floats, marching bands and runners entertained along the route.
As part of the festivities, people voted with pennies for one of three young women vying to portray Rose Festivals first elected queen, Thelma Hollingsworth.
This is the 100th anniversary of the festivals first elected queen. In 1914, festivalgoers cast votes for the queen with pennies.
On Saturday, 163,453 votes were cast, naming Shelby Hansmann (who won with 61,630 votes), as Queen Thelma. Hansmann, a David Douglas High School student, will be decked in ornate splendor as Queen Thelma and ride on The Oregonian Float in the Grand Floral Parade, Saturday, June 7. The Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Leading the Starlight night off, 5,500 runners took to the streets in Portland's largest mobile costume contest, the 5k Legacy Health Starlight Run. Phil Padilla of Portland won the mens division with a time of 16:20. Carrie Heineck of Portland won the womens division with a time of 19:18.
Here are the 2014 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade awards:
Sweepstakes Award (Best Illumination)
The Sikh Community
The Portlandia Award
Mysti Krewe of Nimbus
Best Community Division
First Place: Marimba Masikati
Second Place: National Association of Letter Carriers
Third Place: Oregon Falun Dafa Association
Best Corporate Division
First Place: The Oregonian
Second Place: Portland General Electric
Third Place: Z100
Best Festival or City Division
First Place: Daffodil Festival
Second Place: Molalla Buckeroo Association
Third Place: Portland Parks and Recreation
Best Small Local Business
First Place: Roloff Farm
Second Place: Woodburn Dragstrip
Best Marching Entry
First Place: Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers
Second Place: Alaska Airlines PDX Drillers
Third Place: Lacamas Shores Neighborhood Association
Evergreen High School (Vancouver, Wash.)
In State, Open Division
First Place: Lake Oswego High School (Lake Oswego, OR)
Second Place: David Douglas High School (Portland, OR)
Third Place: Southridge High School (Beaverton, OR)
In State, Division A
First Place: Milwaukie High School (Milwaukie, OR)
Second Place: Lincoln High School (Portland, OR)
Third Place: Tualatin High School (Tualatin, OR)
Out of State, Open Division
First Place: Mountain View High School (Vancouver, Wash.)
Out of State, Division A
First Place: Skyview High School (Vancouver)
Second Place: Prairie High School (Battle Ground)
Third Place: Chief Sealth High School (Seattle)