This May in Oregon we are experiencing a weather anomaly. Typically this time of the year, which coincides with the annual Rose Festival, brings us rain with intermittent periods of sunshine. It’s one of those local jokes when the rain comes where we elbow each other and say, “Well, of course it’s raining, isn’t the Rose Festival this weekend?” This year has been different, however. We have had sunshine and temperatures in the high 70s and mid-80s since we returned to the state and the forecast calls for more. It’s been amazing!
Because of the normal rain, we have never considered going to either of the parades that take over the streets downtown Portland during the festival, but when Linsey mentioned the Starlight Parade was Saturday night, we quickly made plans to be there. An illuminated parade, the Starlight Parade is nothing like Disneyland’s Electric Parade, but there is something magical about being downtown as dusk turns to dark and glowing marching bands and twinkling floats pass by. Another highlight of this parade is the pre-parade 5K race which follows the parade route. As tradition has it, many racers dress in costume, giving the crowd a reason to cheer and laugh. We were certainly entertained and are considering what our costumes should be if we enter next year–if you have any ideas, let us know!
Here are some of our favorite snaps from the evening: