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Festival names David Bailey, a longtime Lincoln High School teacher, to lead parade; unveils new wine label art.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL - Portland Rose Festival Chief Executive Officer Jeff Curtis, left, and festival board Vice President Amy Johnson announce May 1 that former Lincoln High School teacher David Bailey, right, will be grand marshal for this year's Starlight Parade. The announcement came during the festival's kick-off party at Tope Restaurant & Rooftop Bar.David Bailey (a.k.a. Mr. Bailey) had one job to do — ushering young minds into adulthood — and by all accounts he did it very well.

As a teacher at Portland's Lincoln High School, Bailey spent the best part of 50 years educating more than 12,000 students at one of the West Coast's oldest high schools.

Lincoln celebrated 150 years in 2018 and Bailey, who taught U.S. history and government for one-third of that time, decided that it was time to step away from the only teaching job he ever had.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL - Rose Festival board President Teri Bowles-Atherton and Maleah Cooper of the Rose Festival staff display this year's festival poster, created by graphic artist Kenneth Poirier.To honor the rich history of the school and the man, the Rose Festival has invited Bailey to be Grand Marshal of the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade, at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, June 1.

The announcement came at a Rose Festival kick-off party at the Tope Restaurant and Rooftop Bar inside The Hoxton hotel on Wednesday, May 1.

The PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade will start downtown at Northwest Ninth and Burnside and wind its way to Lincoln High School, dropping Mr. Bailey back where it all began for him 50 years ago.

"We are so excited to honor someone who has taught generations of Portlanders, who make up our unique city," said Amy Johnson, chair of the Starlight Parade Committee. "Particularly this year, with Lincoln High School celebrating 150 years of educating students, we want to highlight the value and significance of our educators."

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL - PSU student Caitlyn Sparkman, right, created the original art for the Rose Festival's signature Pinot Gris. Helping to show off the new label is Rose Festival board President Teri Bowles-Atherton, on left.In addition to naming the Starlight grand marshal at Wednesday's event, the festival also unveiled its seasonal collector's art. Each year Oak Knoll Winery commissions a local student — this year PSU student Caitlyn Sparkman — to create original art for its Rose Festival signature Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Rose labels available only at local Fred Meyer stores. Graphic Artist Kenneth Poirier also introduced his latest seasonal poster honoring another American icon, the Woodstock music festival, in soft sky blue tones.

The Starlight Parade began in the early 1900s, when illuminated floats built on electronic trolley cars made their way through the streets of Portland on trolley tracks. Today, traditional marching bands, illuminated floats and unique hand-built entries will light up the night along the 2.25-mile route.

The 2019 Rose Festival runs from May 24 to June 9.

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