Pink yard flamingos symbolize more than just amusing, plastic outdoor decor for Lake Oswego resident Angela Daniels — they represent neighborhood connection.
That's why Daniels and her two children, Parker and Tabitha, and husband, Scott, have chosen to decorate their house in First Addition with a flamingo theme as part of Portland Rose Festival's Parading in Place.
With large gatherings banned through September, The Rose Festival will look a bit different this year.
Community members around the Portland metro area are invited to decorate their porches — think decorating a parade float — and register for free to be part of the Porch Parade. Registered homes will be added to the virtual
Porches — or sidewalks, lawns or windows if you don't have a porch — need to be decorated by noon May 16 and decorations need to stay up until midnight May 30.
Daniels was one of the first 100 to register, so she received a parade lawn sign in her yard last week.
She decided to commit.
The flamingo theme was a no-brainer. Before Daniels moved to Lake Oswego in 2013, she was living in Reno.
In her neighborhood, she said everyone knew each other and they organized an outdoor party every Friday in summer called "Flamingo Friday." They would have flamingo lawn ornaments to signify who was hosting the party and people would flock to their driveway or yard for a "super informal hangout."
"Everytime I see flamingos it reminds me of that neighborhood feel," Daniels said. "I've been kind of thinking about it as we've been in self-isolation, just thinking of ways to do something fun for the neighbors."
After deciding to decorate their porch, Daniels was on a walk when she noticed a neighbor's yard had been "flocked." They had ordered the service from a company called Think Pink Flamingo Flocking, which had then placed plastic flamingos all over their yard.
Daniels said she had gotten rid of her flamingos during the move to Oregon so she had to order more if she wanted to fulfill her decoration idea.
But shipping times were extended due to the health crisis, so she reached out to the company, which usually loans the flamingos for a couple days. She asked if she could rent them for a couple weeks and was grateful the company was on board.
The flamingos that will be placed in her yard this week will even be wearing their own mask.
"We have to do something that's really visually impactful," said Daniels, adding that she plans to decorate her light pole as a rose and display more flamingo-related items for the Porch Parade. "As we all know we have limited options … This is all me crossing my fingers. It's a very DIY (do-it-yourself) adventure."
Daniels' high school daughter, Tabitha, was involved in the Junior Rose Festival Parade when she was in elementary school and Daniels said they are looking forward to being involved again.
"It gives us something to look forward to," she said. "I would love for all of Lake Oswego to get involved. We're a super walkable community and I just think this adds a lot of fun to it."
Register your porch to get on the map.
There will also be a Rose Festival VIP Procession that will drive through select neighborhoods participating in the parade Saturday, May 23, and Saturday, May 30.
For more information and for decoration guidelines, click here.
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