May 16 - May 30, 2020

What is the Porch Parade?

Rose Festival has always been a celebration of people, events, and traditions; bridging communities in the City of Roses and beyond. This spring we are asking members of the community to celebrate with us by decorating their front porches. Choose one of our themes as inspiration, or go wild with your own ideas. The purpose of decorating is to unleash your creativity and bring a smile to your friends and neighbors.

The Rose Festival will produce a virtual map with the locations of all our registered Porches, so you can plan a walk or drive around your neighborhood to see and share in the celebration. 

 

Saturday, May 23 and Saturday, May 30 will each see a Rose Festival VIP Procession drive through select Porch Parade neighborhoods. 

Step 1: Register your display!

  • Registration is FREE!

  • You will be added to our Porch Parade Map.

  • As a special thank you, the first 100 Porches in the Portland Metro Area that register will receive a FREE Rose Festival Porch Parade lawn sign that will magically appear in your lawn, no need to touch it or interact with anyone.

  • The more registered Porches in your neighborhood, the better your chances are for having the Rose Festival VIP Procession to come by, so get your neighbors involved too!

  • If you have a rose garden out front that’s visible from the street or sidewalk, we’d love to have you be a part of our Porch Parade Map! Use the Porch Parade registration form to register your rose garden. The Royal Rosarians are providing a FREE rose garden specific lawn sign to the first 100 rose gardens that register! 

 

Step 2: Decorate Your Porch 

  • Choose one of our themes as inspiration, or go wild with your own ideas. The point of decorating is to unleash your creativity and inspire hope for your friends and neighbors.

  • Porches must be fully decorated by 12 noon on Saturday, May 16, and able to stay up until midnight Saturday, May 30.

  • Porches must be appropriate for a family friendly audience. 

  • Don’t have a porch? No problem! Feel free to decorate your lawn, the sidewalk, a window, or something else visible from the street or sidewalk. 

 

Step 3: Explore, Celebrate​, Share​

  • Check the Porch Parade Map often to see how the celebration is growing!

  • Go for a walk around your neighborhood, take pictures of the Porches you find, and tag us on social to help share the joy! @pdxrosefestival #paradinginplace #RFporchparade #rosesforhope

  • The more people who take part, the more celebration there is to share, so get your friends and neighbors involved! 

Rules & Regulations:

  • Displays must be fully decorated by 12 noon on Saturday, May 16, and able to stay up until Saturday, May 30, and must be appropriate for a family audience. 

  • Displays should not focus on religious, political, ideological, or controversial themes or issues. Use of any political sign, social or political material is not permitted.

  • Displays are not a place for commercial marketing. Businesses are welcomed and encouraged to participate with a focus on the mission of bringing community together while staying home.

  • Portland Rose Festival reserves the right to exclude any displays that do not meet our guidelines or that feature content not aligned with our mission. 

  • Registrations are limited to one per household, per location.

  • Registration for the Porch Parade or Grand Petite Parade and/or tagging @pdxrosefestival or using #paradinginplace, #RFporchparade, #grandpetiteparade, #grandfloralfun, #juniormakers, #starlightporchbright or #rosesforhope with related photos or videos on social media, grants the Portland Rose Festival permission to use your images and footage on any platform.

Get Involved

Register Your Porch

Register Here to make your porch or display official and get it on the Porch Parade Map.

 

Get Decorating

The sky's the limit! Think of how you decorate for other holidays, or what brings you joy when you see it walking around your neighborhood. There's no right or wrong way to decorate for the Porch Parade, as long as you're being inclusive and joyful. 

If you need a little help getting inspired, try one of our themes: 

  • #GrandFloralFun

    • Showcase the best your yard has to offer, bring your plants out front for everyone to enjoy! 

  • #JuniorMakers

    • Where kids rule the design. Get the whole family involved and put that youthful energy to work making your porch look AMAZING. 

  • #StarlightPorchBright

    • Porches don't just exist in the daytime, so illuminate the night with your community spirit. Put those holiday lights back up, dig out some glowsticks, and show your neighbors how you’ll light up their lives.  ​

 

See the Displays

Get some exercise and some inspiration - walk around your neighborhood and see who else is taking part in the Porch Parade. Porches will be fully decorated from May 16 all the way through May 30, so there’s plenty of time to get out and see them!

As you explore, remember to take pictures and tag @pdxrosefestival and use #paradinginplace,  #RFporchparade, or #rosesforhope on social media so that people who aren't in your neighborhood can see the amazing displays too!

If it's rainy or there's no other displays in your neighborhood, don't worry, just follow @pdxrosefestival on Instagram and check out #paradinginplace, #RFporchparade, and #rosesforhope.

Watch the Rose Festival VIP Procession

Sit back, relax on your beautifully decorated porch, and let the Rose Festival VIP Procession come to you!

 

On Saturday, May 23 and Saturday, May 30 the Rose Festival and some very special guests will visit select Porch Parade neighborhoods in their cars to say thank you for taking part in this inspiring community event.  

We will choose a route based on the locations of our registered porches, and will do our best to include as many as possible. The more registered porches, the more likely that the Rose Festival VIP Procession will come through your neighborhood. So get your neighbors involved, and make sure everyone's registered! 

 

Any displays on the selected routes will be informed the Thursday before each Rose Festival VIP Procession.

 

See It All

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