Rose Festival

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's
2020 Rose Festival Princess

Dyllan Newville


Dyllan is a senior this year, and has acted as JV team captain for cross country and track, receiving awards for Most Improved and the Coach's Award. She has been a MAC scholar athlete, president of her Key Club, and Vice President of S.A.F.E.R.. In her spare time she loves distance running and serving others in her community. She is involved in a number of organizations, including Northwest Children's theatre, Planned Parenthood, and Youth Action Council in addition to Key Club. Dyllan plans to pursue her bachelor's degree at Southern Oregon University with a focus in public health and Spanish. She hopes to advocate for underserved communities as a project manager within the government.

When asked about what she is most proud of during her high school career, Dyllan answered, "I am really proud of the impact I've made on my women's cross country and track team. I began my time as a runner, freshman year of high school on the cross country team. By the time senior year rolled around, my women's team won an entire meet and placed highly within our entire district. I felt really glad to be able to be a representative for women's distance at my school and build the culture for young women to fullfill their dreams."

A true St. Johns girl, when asked what her favorite Rose Festival event is Dyllan responded, "I might be a bit biased but I think it's so special that the Rose festival is kicked off in my neighborhood of St Johns. The St. Johns parade is like a warm hug, it is completely community based, with people showing off their beloved cars, schools, horses and music. It is the epitome of what the Rose Festival means, community and togetherness."


Queens of Rosaria



Queen Lucy Lee Thomas

1923

Queen Sally Swift

1965

Queen Kristi Lee

1971



Past Rose Festival Princesses