Summer in Oregon means a fountain of festivals, and UO spirit will be brimming over in many of them.
Here’s a list of some of the fun:
Portland Rose Festival, Grand Floral Parade, June 10: You can catch the Duck, the Duck Truck cheerleaders and the alumni band in the “Brilliant Adventure” section of the Grand Floral Parade, which is now in its 110th year.
The parade will take a new route this year, launching at the Memorial Coliseum, traveling down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, crossing the Burnside Bridge and heading to Lincoln High School. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m.
Sisters Rodeo Parade, June 10: Join the UOAA Central Oregon Ducks, the Duck Store and the University of Oregon for the Sisters Rodeo Parade — the highlight of Sisters Rodeo Weekend since 1940. Featuring a grand marshal, rodeo queens, classic cars, floats, musical groups, horses and more, this toe-tapping, flag-waving, fun-for-all-ages parade makes its way through historic downtown Sisters beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Cascade Avenue.
Pride Northwest, June 17-18: Join the UO Pride alumni group at Pride Northwest in Portland. The waterfront festival continues for two days, and the parade kicks off Sunday at 11 a.m. in the north park blocks on West Burnside Avenue and ends at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
The festival will feature Prince Poppycock from America’s Got Talent, Deven Green, Grammy-nominated Frenchi Davis, the official Portland TransPride March, Portland Dyke march, a performance of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert hall and a 1980s video dance party.
Good in the Hood, June 23-June 25: This year, the UO is the presenting sponsor of the annual Good in the Hood multicultural music, arts and food festival in downtown Portland. Established in 1990, Good in the Hood is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a creative medium where Portland residents, businesses and organizations can share music, food, and resources, and engage in experiences that strengthen and unify their community.
The parade, which is the largest community parade in the Northwest, will include the UO cheerleaders and The Duck on June 24, at 11 a.m -1 p.m., starting at King Elementary School, along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and ending at Lillis-Albina Park, where the festival will take place.
Fiesta Mexicana, Aug. 4-6: Once again, the UO is the official university sponsor of Fiesta Mexicana in Woodburn, which began in 1964 as a celebration of the end of the harvest season. This year’s festival will feature a parade, folkloric dances, salsa dancing, comedy acts, live performances, lucha libre and crowning of the Fiesta Court in Legion Park. The parade, which will include the Duck Truck and The Duck, begins at the Woodburn Aquatic Center at 11 a.m. Aug. 6 and ends at Legion Park.