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It's official: CityFair and the Portland Rose Festival are back for another year of celebration.

PMG PHOTO: MARK GARBER - The 2019 Portland Rose Festival fireworks display began for a downtown audience around 10 p.m. on Friday, May 24. The 2019 Portland Rose Festival began with a bang, crackle, pop — and tons of oohs and ahhs from an appreciative crowd gathered for a downtown fireworks display on Friday, May 24.

PMG PHOTO: MARK GARBER - Rose Festival Foundation Board Chair Teri Bowles-Atherton, left, and festival CEO Jeff Curtis help Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly announce the official start of the festival at Waterfront Park on Friday evening. Members of the festival court are also on stage.The annual kick-off event was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting, dances, speeches and lots of fun during the official start of CityFair, which is open now, on Memorial Day and for the next two consecutive weekends, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

CityFair includes tons of good eats, carnival games, pop-up shops — and a Ferris Wheel, of course.

But there are plenty of other options returning to Stumptown this year, including the Starlight Parade on June 1, Fleet Week from June 5 to 9, and the Grand Floral Parade to be held on June 8.

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly spoke during the Opening Day ceremony, along with Rose Festival Foundation Board Chair Teri Bowles-Atherton and festival CEO Jeff Curtis. Scappoose band The Hit Machine also performed.

The theme of the 2019 Rose Festival, which is now in its 112th year, is "Let's Festival." Meals on Wheels People has been designated the official benefiting charity.

Click here for a full schedule of events during the 2019 Portland Rose Festival.

PMG PHOTO: MARK GARBER - Members of the Rose Festival Court joined the band, The Hit Machine of Scappoose, to dance on the Rozone Stage during opening night for the festival


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