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Starlight Parade lights up streets of downtown Portland

Posted: Updated: June 1, 2012 07:34 AM

Thousands of Portlanders took in the annual spectacle of the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade on Saturday in a night of lights, marching bands and fun.

The parade is one of the Rose Festival's most popular events. It kicked off at about 9 p.m. after the Legacy Health Starlight Run.

Grand marshals and YouTube stars "The Happy Huffmans" soon rode on by, waving to the crowd and declaring it one of their proudest days.  The Huffmans became a national sensation last year after family members posted a YouTube video of the couple using their computer's video camera for the first time. Little did they know, the camera was rolling the entire time, capturing their introduction to webcams.

"Next year, Pasadena," said Bruce Huffman, referencing California's Tournament of Roses Parade.

Dozens of marching bands played their tunes and dozens of float entries entertained the crowd on a dry, but cool night on the streets of the Rose City.

Rose Festival CEO Jeff Curtis said the average festival takes about 14 months of planning, and that there's a specific committee that works on the Starlight Parade.

"They look for the creative side, they look for what's new and different in Portland, and we had a lot of entries to choose from," he said. "Then we coach them on what we want to see in the parade, like how to illuminate their floats. It makes it a big process."

Next up is the Rose Festival Junior Parade on Wednesday, June 6 at 1 p.m. And then it's the big one: the 2012 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral parade on Saturday, June 9.

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