The Rose Festival has been a Portland tradition for more than 100 years, but the continued spread of the novel coronavirus has thrown a wrench into plans to hold the festival this spring.
The festival, originally scheduled for May 22 to June 7, has been postponed. But, Jeff Curtis, chief executive officer, said the Rose Festival Foundation is committed to trying to stage a 2020 festival, perhaps in mid/late-August or whenever appropriate.
"The health of our community and friends around the world is the most important thing," Curtis told Pamplin Media Group. "We are cautiously planning for the 2020 Rose Festival, as conditions allow us to offer some or all events to the community at the appropriate time."
Curtis said the hope would be to eventually produce many events, and would want to do "parades … plural," including Rose Festival's annual Starlight Parade, Junior Parade and Grand Floral Parade.
"Whatever festival takes shape, when we're able to announce and produce it, we want to be part of the healing process," he said. "What better thing than a parade to help do that?"
"The Rose Festival has endured a lot of tough times just like the community over 100 years," he said. "This is a part of that story, our history will tell that. If we can put that same energy in that festival leaders did for decades and create something special, it'll be an amazing rallying cry."
Rose Festival Court
The Rose Festival Court has been selected. A timeline for naming and honoring the Rose Festival Queen has not been determined.
The princesses are:
Benson High: Roserina Chipen;
Central Catholic High: Melyssa Okazaki;
Cleveland High: Zoey Weesner;
David Douglas High: Michelle Le;
Franklin High: Dore Young;
Grant High: Carmella Thomas;
Jefferson High: Natalie Cetina-Huchin;
Lincoln High: Anya Anand;
Madison High: Wren Louis;
Metro East: Jensen Kaelin, Lake Oswego High;
Metro West: Kimberly Huynh, Liberty High;
Parkrose High: Brenda Ortegon Briceno;
Roosevelt High: Dyllan Newville;
St. Mary's Academy: Grace Gentner;
Wilson High: Emma Laboe.
For more, visit rosefestival.org.
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