As Portland's Official Festival, The Rose Festival is a time to celebrate our wonderful city
and community through volunteerism, environmentalism and fun events. As a non-profit organization,
the Rose Festival Foundation, with the help of hundreds of volunteers each year, organize dozens
of events around the city. From the three amazing parades to the annual rose show, marathons to
fleet week, there are activities that everyone can enjoy, and 1.2 million people do just that every year.
The Grand Floral Parade is a major highlight of the whole festival, and since the first one in 1907, it
has grown to became the second-largest all-floral parade in the nation with over hall a million people
in attendance. The Grand Floral Parade is a culmination of beautiful floats, marching bands, rodeo
queens, llamas, and many more entries including the Rose Festival Court.
The Rose Festival has not been without royalty. Beginning in 1908, there has a been a selected monarch
to be the face of the Festival for the course of the year and then in 1930 the Rose Festival Court was
introduced. One woman from each of the local high schools is chosen to represent their school and community
as well as the Festival in general. Out of all the women, one is chosen who best embodies what the festival
stands for as the Queen of the Festival. Today the court consists of 15 women for the PPS high schools as well
as a Metro East and Metro West high school. It is an honor to be chosen to represent your school, community
and city as a Rose Festival Princess. Starting in May the court travels around Oregon full-time for five weeks
visiting senior living centers, hospitals, youth organizations, community events and much more all while
spreading Rose Festival cheer and happiness.
~Shani Plunkett, 2013 Princess
Roosevelt High School's2019 Rose Festival Princess
Makenzie is a senior this year, and involved with both the Cheer Team as well as
Outdoor Adventure club. In her spare time she enjoys attending sports games and
spending time with family and friends. She plans to attend Portland Community College
and study Kinesiology, then continue her studies at a 4-year university. She plans
to use her degree to become an athletic trainer at a high school in the Portland
Metro area. When asked about what she is most proud of during her high school carerr,
Makenzie answered her academic achievements, particularly her success with AP Spanish.
Queens of Rosaria
Queen Lucy Lee Thomas
Queen Sally Swift
Queen Kristi Lee
Past Rose Festival Princesses