2012 Portland Starlight Parade: Route, Trimet Info + Win 5 Passes To Rose Festival & Ride Tickets

Starlight Parade, Portland Starlight Parade | Photo By Sam Breach

The Rose Festival is one week in and the Starlight Parade is this Saturday in downtown Portland. We are giving away a Rose Festival package that includes 5 passes and 5 ride tickets. To win, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winner will be drawn on Friday, June 1.

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Starlight Parade Route, Trimet Info: 

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Saturday, June 2, 2012 | 9-11PM
Downtown Portland

The 2012 The Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade offers funky, eclectic fun for the whole family. One of our most popular events, the parade draws more than 250,000 spectators to downtown Portland, and is also broadcast live from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. on FOX 12.

With the wide variety of entries, we will have something for every Portlander. From traditional marching bands and flood-lit floats, to glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and hand-built entries, you’ll see the best of Portland’s diverse community groups and entries from the surrounding Northwest region.

2012 Parade Sections

The “Spirit of the West” section (part of the first illuminated Rose Festival parades in the 1900s) returns in 2012, presented by Spirit Mountain Casino and filled with floats representing communities around Oregon and Washington. The final section of the Parade, “Portlandia,” will showcase everything unique and funky that Portland has to offer!

Celebrating ‘Clean and Green’

Thanks to the efforts of our sponsors, Portland General Electric and SOLVE and many volunteers, you’ll find this parade to be one of the cleanest in America. Watch before the parade for volunteers handing out bags to help keep litter and recyclables off our streets. Right after the last parade entry, keep your eyes peeled for our post-parade clean up crew — filled with volunteers and professionals — who pick up trash and wash our streets clean!


2012 Rose Festival Trimet Service

We’ll get you there!

This year, take TriMet to Portland Rose Festival events. We’ll get you there without the hassles of traffic and parking.

  • Plan your ride early. Some bus routes that intersect the parade routes are detoured during the parades. You can plan your trip online any time.
  • Buy your pass before the parade! Day Passes will be available the day of the parade and are valid for unlimited rides on buses, MAX, WES and Streetcar in all fare zones until the end of the service day.

Map of Rose Festival parade routes



Saturday, June 2, 8:30 p.m., Downtown Portland

MAX Service

MAX Blue, Green, Red and Yellow line trains will continue to run through Downtown Portland during the parade. All MAX stations will be open. Trains will run with increased frequency until midnight between Gateway and Beaverton transit centers.

Lloyd Center Express shuttle service

Avoid crowded MAX trains before and after the Starlight Parade by taking the free Lloyd Center Express bus shuttle. It will operate every few minutes between 5:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., looping between the Lloyd Center MAX Station and SW 2nd Avenue in downtown Portland. The shuttle takes about 12 minutes one-way, with these stops along the way (the numbers below refer to the parade route map):

1 NE 13th Avenue & NE Holladay Street
2 SW 2nd Avenue & SW Taylor Street
3 SW 2nd Avenue & SW Morrison Street
4 SW 2nd Avenue & SW Oak Street
5 SW 2nd Avenue & SW Ankeny Street

Bus service

Bus stops on 5th and 6th Avenues will be open during the parade. Lines 9–Powell/Broadway, 12–Barbur/Sandy Blvd, 15–Belmont/NW 23rd, 17–Holgate/NW 21st, 19–Woodstock/Glisan, 20–Burnside/Stark, 54-Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy and 56-Scholls Ferry Rd intersect the parade route and will be detoured. Closed stops will be posted.

Portland Streetcar service

Regular Portland Streetcar service will run before the Starlight Parade. Modified service will begin at about 6:30 p.m., with trains running only between South Waterfront and PSU. After the parade, regular service will resume until about midnight.

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78 Responses to 2012 Portland Starlight Parade: Route, Trimet Info + Win 5 Passes To Rose Festival & Ride Tickets

  1. Sarah B May 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I’ve never been to the parade! I’d love to win tix to go!

  2. Scott Grady May 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Churros, cotton candy, Nochos and rides to mix them all together- I call that a good weekend!

  3. Socorro May 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I would love to win this because it’s my weekend with the kids and they would absolutely love to go to the festival and enjoy the rides.

  4. Jonathan Hoffman May 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    I have been in Portland, OR three years and have never been to any of the Rose Festival events! I would love to go if you have any more tickets?

  5. Nyssa May 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    I’ve lived in Portland all my life and NEVER been to the Rose Festival! My family and friends and I always planned to go, but somehow never made it. Money is tight this year so I probably won’t make it again, except for walking along the waterfront to see the backside of the fair–I’ll definitely do that again! It’s my own personal Rose Festival Tradition.

  6. Zenda Torrey May 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Hey PDXer,

    It seems as of late my 17 year old son actually doesn’t mind being seen in public with me…woohoo…..so I would love to take my kids down for some good ol’ PDX fun!!!

    Pick me :) Z

  7. Megan May 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Sounds like a fun thing to do with the family, winning free tickets leaves more money for spending on vendors!

  8. Holly May 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I would love to take my son on some rides! :)

  9. Danni May 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    I’m going today, but I want to go again tomorrow and the next day :) please please please

  10. Jerry May 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Ride ALL THE RIDES!!!

  11. Jennifer May 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    id love to attend because i never have! ive lived here since 1999 and have never been to the rose festival or parade or anything. finally this year i hope to have the opportunity. we are a family of 5 (3 children) and extravagances like this just are not in our single income budget, but with your opportunity for us to maybe get to go for free, we would get the chance to enjoy it for the FIRST TIME EVER!

    thank you!!! <3

  12. Monica May 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    I have lived in the area for the last 5 years, and have not had the opportunity to experience the full Rose Festival and parade. I can’t afford to go this year with my family of 5, and would love to have the opportunity to attend. I work downtown, and passing by the rides each day makes me long for the opportunity.

  13. Maddy May 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    My kids really want to go, but who can afford to take them all? I would really look like a WINNER :)

  14. Lisa May 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    I love carnival rides!

  15. Sarah May 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    I’d love to take my kids!

  16. Nathan Lattanzi May 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    My best friend will have just finished taking his MCATs test that he has been preparing for the last 5 months! He could use a nice celebration with some great friends. I think it would be awesome to take him to the Rose Festival! Thanks for considering me and allowing us this opportunity to win!

  17. Joleen May 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    I’d like to win SOMETHING, because it’s so cool how Portland throws me a parade and a party on my birthday weekend every year. They can’t really say it’s for me, since that would make the little kids feel bad….but I know it is. It IS, really!!

  18. LaceFace May 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I’d like to win because I’ve never had the chance to go to the parade and have been in ill health in the past and would love to be able to ride all the rides this year!

  19. gayleen williams May 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    The hubby is coming home for the weekend! I’m unemployed and he is working out of state for the summer. This would be an awesome weekend for us if we could be at the festival with our family.

  20. daVe May 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    would be perfect. neighbor and her kids want to go with me and mine. we make five…yippee!

  21. Liberty Martinez May 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    My four year old niece is coming to town for her first big city experience. We would love four sets of tickets to help her enjoy the festival and the parade!

  22. Kamela Kern May 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    I would love to take my kids to the parade & head to the festival afterwards. Thank you for the opportunity.

  23. Chicmom3 May 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Going to the starlight parade and winning tickets for our family of 5 would be the best weekend ever!!

  24. Tiffany May 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Because I’d like to subvert and liberate the assumptions of the dominant through humor and chaos :D

  25. Dana Wales May 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I would love to win for a fun night out with the SO.

  26. Michele May 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Would love to win this because the Festival is fun but expensive!!!! Ouch!

  27. Jamie May 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    RIDES!!! I want to ride every. single. one. Love the Rose Festival, but rides are too expensive for me to indulge in them :( Would love to win!

  28. Kate May 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    My kids love rides, but the witch of a mom that I am always denies them this truly American opportunity because they cost too much.

  29. indipendance May 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    I promise if I win, I will make this a super cheesey double date, that ends with me puking cotton candy over the side of the twirl&hurl. *grin*

  30. Angel May 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    The Rose Festival is a special time for me and my new husband because our first date was to the Starlight Parade… and having never been down to the carnival and rides, that would be a great way to celebrate our first year of newlywed bliss :)

  31. Roberto May 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I need a parade that doesn’t get rained on!!

  32. birdonit May 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    I’ve never been to the Rose Festival, and I think it’s time to face my fear of cliche flowers and large crowds. As a bonus, I finally know four people, so the passes won’t go to waste.

  33. New Navy Wife May 31, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    I would live to win these tickets because my Husband is leaving for Navy Boot Camp next month and we are trying to spend as much “civilian” time together while we still can. I am an Oregon native and expect this to be my last summer in Oregon for a while! Thanks!

  34. Sturatt May 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    Can’t wait! These parades are amazing.

  35. Catherine May 31, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    I Would love to win because my husband is so busy with school and we need a date night!

  36. Stephanie May 31, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Have never been to the Rose Festival, would love to go!

  37. Joshua Glassman May 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Carnies and rides!

  38. Mark May 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    I have been trying to think of a great first date think taking the girl to rose festival would be real fun.

  39. (AnaBanana) May 31, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Just feeling well enough after pregnancy with twins, cancer, thyroid disease, another pregnancy to do the things on the bucket list, this time with three additional little girls. Life is Good!

  40. Michael May 31, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    I am so excited about the rose festival! I’m in college and finals are coming up and I would like to get tickets and have a night away from my studies and projects!

  41. Amanda May 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    The Rose Festival is one of the best things about Portland! I would love to go!

  42. mary bauer May 31, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    twirling about , being dropped from a mega drop,she smiled, the wind in her face, throwing balls at pins and taking home the big stuffed animal and now she knows nirvana.

  43. TimS May 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    We would like to go! Tickets please! : )

  44. Corey Wahl May 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    I am moving to Texas and have not attended this festival yet. I would love to go

  45. Michelle Paul May 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    I would love to take my family to the rose festival on the waterfront. My husband and I usually take our 3 children, but money is tighter this year, so it wasn’t in the plans. This would be a real treat!

  46. Nanci May 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    We have never been and my 9 and 4 year old really want to go!!

  47. Kimberly May 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    My family just moved back to pdx from Arizona and they are feeling a bit sad from lack of sun… so this would be perfect for them!

  48. tess crockett May 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    I would love to make it to rose festival for the first time!

  49. Faith May 31, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    We would love free tickets to rides at the festival. Why? You ask? Because we can’t afford it otherwise. My lil is 7 and hasn’t been to the waterfront festival yet!! That is why :D

  50. Catherine Matsuura May 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    This will be the first time in attending the festival i would feel so blessed.

  51. Andrew May 31, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    So, I don’t have kids, I don’t have a sob story, I’ve gone to the parade and waterfront festival the last 20 years. I’ll go this year. I will take my wife and friends, who will also probably go with me anyway. I mean, really, you don’t even have to pay to have fun down there during the festival and it shocks me that people haven’t been.

    But, damn, that new swing ride looks sick and I’d love some free tickets.

  52. Daphne May 31, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Wouldst a Rose by any other name, smell as sweet,
    As 5 tickets, the Parade, and a tasty treat!

  53. jeff May 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    I can’t belive a dry parade forcast! The family is psyched! I would love to be able to make a day and night of it. Battle of the cover bands too. Fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun!

  54. Jenise June 1, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    I have been going to the starlight parade since I was a little girl and I will go this year as well with my two kids. My kids would love to go to the fair as well but it has gotten so expensive that I can’t take them:( I would love to win tickets and make it a full day of fun.
    Please pick me

  55. Deb Boyer June 1, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    Ahh, Portland – beautiful weird and funky
    To have a seat would be so neat
    At the Starlight Parade
    My butt could go plunky!

    I’ve always stood at Parades
    Craning my neck
    So I’ll enter this little contest
    What the heck!

    My friends and I will chime
    PDX Pipeline
    You’re FINE FINE FINE!!!

  56. bianca j June 1, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    i wanna wiiiiiiin! =)

  57. Sheila Baraga June 1, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    Hi there Pdxpipeline! Thanks for the great job you do getting the word out so we can all enjoy what’s going on in our wonderful city. I have your link posted in my traveller’s rooms and they use it all the time.
    My 13 year old daughter went to a wedding with her dad in Louisiana last week. While there he was putting up with a terrible headache and on Saturday night he collapsed and was rushed by ambulance to Lady of the Lake Hospital where they did a cat scan and discover a tumor behind his left eye. They have removed the growth (on his pituatary gland) but she had to fly home alone and is now very worried about him as he has to stay for another 2 weeks before he and his wife can drive back. Although Addie is a tough girl and very capable in times of trouble, she is very worried about him (they expect a full recovery). I would like very much to take her mind off of all that is happening. We plan to take our bikes down to the parade in the morning but it would be excellent to take her to the to the waterfront rides as well. Thank you for considering us. We’ll see you at the parade! Sheila Baraga
    Buckman Guest House & 16th Avenue Walk Ups 503.318.8338

  58. David June 1, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    I’d love to take my wife and kids, who have never been to this festival.

  59. Manda Panda June 1, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    I’ve been to the parades and Waterfront festival every year since I was a small child. It’s an ongoing tradition, even when we can’t afford it. This is one of those years…we’ll go to the parades, check out the floats, watch the dragon boats and then have free fun outside of the festival fairway.

    Sigh…unless we win entrance tickets! Then I’ll get to play the colored, floating duckies game!!! Love that game.

  60. Mandy June 1, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Simple: To celebrate roses in the best city in the world!

  61. Son June 1, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    I’ve been a Portlander for 29 years and has never gone to the Rose Festival. I would love to win Rose Festival Tickets!

  62. MattnTaryl June 1, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Roses are red, Violets are blue, I like Portland, How ’bout you?
    Roses are pink, Starlight is white, I like how you think, This parade in the night.
    Roses in bloom, Parades of such fun, If I had tickets, down this freeway I would run,
    All the while yelling, “I won! I won!!”


  63. Aimee M June 1, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Oh Please Please. I would love to be able to give these to my sister and her family as they recently had unexpected medical expenses and will be missing out on this festival. It was going to be their 1st year going but now due to lack of money they cant. I would love to surprise them all and put a smile on all their downed faces.

  64. Rachel June 1, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    I love the Rose Festival. It would be really fun to have tickets so that I could take my nieces. I don’t think they’ve ever been!They would love it!

  65. Brianna June 1, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    It’s my husband’s birthday on Sunday (the 3rd). I’d love to take him, as he hasn’t been in years!

  66. Jason June 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    I’ve been in Portland for 4 years and just haven’t been able to go each year. I’d love a free pair of tickets to go this year!

  67. Jenny Parker June 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I’m 9 months pregnant… no signs of labor yet! I need to do something fun with the hubby this weekend!

  68. Andrea June 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    I would really love to go. Sounds like a lot of fun and i still have yet to do anything in Portland since I have moved here.. almost two years now.

  69. J Lowe June 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    I am a huge carnie… would love to check this out!!

  70. melissa petri June 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    My 6 year old daughter and i have made the starlight parade one of our annual traditions! I wanted to take her on the ferris wheel to see from the ” top of the world ” but the admission price for me was more than my limited budget will allow, especially this year.

  71. Eli June 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm #


  72. Laura June 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    So no tips on the best places to WATCH the parade?

    • PDXPIPELINE June 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

      No, we didn’t give any tips. We do enjoy standing out in front of the library if you are looking for a good place.

  73. Joe Witczak June 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Hello, I am a single father with an energetic 5 year old who has not been to a parade….Need I say more ?

  74. Joe June 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Me and my five year old son are looking to have an adventure in Portland this weekend. Headed to the fair and all that fun stuff. We would be honerd to go to the starlight parade and see the sights !!!!!

  75. Catrina Wynne June 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    I want to ride the rides!!! My 6 year old and my husband does as well!! We love the Rose Festival and we are going to the Starlight Parade tonight! Pick us, Pick us!!!

  76. gabby.A June 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    i was born in portland and i have been everywhere but the
    starlight parade and if i win tickets to the starlight parade it will be the best day of my life
    -Gabby .a (forever)
    i dose me

  77. Aaron P. June 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    My friend and I are coming to Portland for the week and would like some cool stuff to do.

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