Rose Festival 2020 delayed indefinitely

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Rose Festival scheduled to begin May 22

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Stating “The health of our community and our friends around the world is the most important thing,” the CEO of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation said Thursday the annual celebration will take place “at the appropriate time.”

The 2020 Rose Festival is scheduled to run from May 22 through June 7. CEO Jeff Curtis made his statement after the final 2020 Court announcement for the Wilson High School Princess.

“We are continuing to cautiously plan for a 2020 Rose Festival in hopes that conditions will allow us to offer some or all of our events to the community at the appropriate time,” Curtis’ statement said. “It has become clear that the proper timing is not our original dates of May 22nd through June 7th. As Portland’s Official Festival, we will work with city leaders to identify the appropriate timing for the 2020 Rose Festival.”

Though no new dates were put forth, he added, “We look forward to being part of the healing process after the current crisis has passed.”

The announcement comes amidst an ongoing pandemic that has closed schools, shuttered businesses, forced thousands out of work and others to work from home.

Earlier Thursday, Governor Kate Brown said she is not ordering a shelter-in-place order yet. Wednesday night, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said that was something the city was considering.

All of these measures are being taken in an effort to flatten the curve about the spread of COVID-19.

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The Rose Festival has been a staple of Portland summers since the early 20th Century, but it wasn’t until 2010 that the Rose Festival was acknowledged as Portland’s Official Festival by proclamation of the City Council.

The most well-known public events include the fireworks show to kick off the festival, the Starlight Run and Starlight Parade, Fleet Week, City Fair, the Dragon Boat Races and, of course, the Grand Floral Parade.

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