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Changes coming to keep crowds cool during hot Rose Festival weekend

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People enjoying City Fair in Portland Thursday. (KPTV) People enjoying City Fair in Portland Thursday. (KPTV)
One of two free water bottle filling stations at City Fair. (KPTV) One of two free water bottle filling stations at City Fair. (KPTV)
The entrance to City Fair Thursday. (KPTV) The entrance to City Fair Thursday. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Rose City is heating up just in time for a busy Rose Festival weekend, and with temperatures that could reach triple digits Saturday and Sunday, some changes are coming to help keep the crowds cool.

“We’re definitely planning for the hot weather this weekend,” said Rose Festival CEO Jeff Curtis. “We expect huge crowds, both at City Fair this weekend as well as on the parade route.”

Curtis said a quarter of a million people are expected in downtown Portland for the Starlight Parade on Saturday.

People who are participating in the Fun Run ahead of the Starlight Parade are advised to bring water with them, as water stations won’t be available along the parade route.

Changes are also coming for the bands marching along the route, which is just over three miles long.

“We’ve asked the bands to bring their athletic trainers to come with them in case there’s some issues with some of the participants,” Curtis added. “We’re not requiring them to wear those big hats that you might see some of those bands wear.”

At City Fair, two free water bottle filling stations will be available for the crowd and two misting tents are being put up to help people hydrate and cool off.

The Rose Festival is also working with firefighters and paramedics to make sure extra crews are on hand for the hot weather this weekend.

But, bottom line, just be prepared with the basics like sunscreen and water before you come out to enjoy the festivities.

“The heat doesn’t bother me, I kind of enjoy it because we saw a lot of rain this year. I mean a lot,” said David Bliss, an instructor at Northwest Academy who brought his class out to cool off in the fountain on Naito Parkway Thursday. “So it’s kind of nice to see things warm up a little bit.”

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