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With the Rose Festival expected to resume with all events next year, these could be your last 'porch parades'

ERIC NORBERG - This Porch Parade display, on our tour around Inner Southeast Portland, was called Cosmic Nature, and was in the Brooklyn neighborhood at 4262 S.E. 12th Avenue.When the COVID-19 pandemic struck a year ago March, the 2020 Rose Festival was largely cancelled – including its most-loved parades, the Starlight Parade and the Grand Floral Parade. Instead, the nonprofit Rose Festival Association came up with a placeholder of sorts, which it called "Porch Parades".

A Rose Festival spokesman this year, in announcing the second – and hopefully final – Rose Festival "Porch Parades" instead of the two major parades, explained what the Porch Parades actually are:

ERIC NORBERG - This was the only business entry of the five Inner Southeast Porch Parades we photographed - it was at the Favela Brazilian Café, 5300 S.E. Foster Road, in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood."The Portland Rose Festival Parades have entertained and inspired our community and visitors from around the world for more than 100 years. Each year the spectacular floats, award-winning marching bands, talented equestrians, and colorful community groups perform for hundreds of thousands of parade-goers on the streets of Portland. This spring, the Rose Festival will continue to evolve these traditions finding new ways to celebrate community spirit and resilience, and to inspire hope [as the pandemic lingers]. ERIC NORBERG - At 5005 S.E. 68th Avenue, just south of Foster Road, we found this Porch Parade - entitled For You A Rose - at a home in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood."The Rose Festival's 'Parading in Place' concept wasn't only popular in Portland – festivals across the country picked up the idea in San Antonio, Detroit, New Orleans, Mobile, Alabama, and Washington D.C., to name just a few." With the city, state, and country slowly emerging from the pandemic this summer, it seems likely that next year, we'll resume having the real much-loved parades in June in the Rose City.

ERIC NORBERG - Brentwood-Darlington was represented in the Southeast Porch Parades by Blossoms For Our Friends & Neighbors, an entry at 6247 S.E. Ogden Street, just a block from the neighborhoods own Community Center. But, in the meantime, every household, individual, or business planning a "Porch Parade" display was urged to register it with the Rose Festival Association, which would put it on a map of the city, and they would also get a "Porch Parade" sign they could post with the display if they chose to do so. THE BEE decided to photograph each of the six Porch Parades on the map inside this newspaper's service area in Inner Southeast, on Saturday, June 12, the day before the end of Porch Parade season – and we nearly succeeded. We found and photographed five of the six, and they are presented here. ERIC NORBERG - In Eastmoreland we found Pete The Rosy Robot, a Porch Parade apparently constructed by Benson Highs FIRST Robotics Team, on the lawn at 7356 S.E. 30th Avenue. We believe this same lawn hosted a portion of the Classical Ballet Academys drive-through Eastmoreland Christmas pageant last December, too.A sixth was supposed to be on S.E. 29th Avenue just south of Gladstone Street in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, but we went by twice and failed to spot it, so we don't know if the registrants actually did create a display there or not. Here, we show you – in case you missed them – the other five. And next year we're hoping for a full revival of all the events and pageantry of the historic Portland Rose Festival!


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