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One of Portland’s nicknames is the City of Roses, and this town has long been an incubator for the scented beauties. Nearly a century ago, a farsighted citizen convinced the local government to set up a rose test garden during World War I to preserve the species of European roses that might be decimated by the bombings. This amazing garden and its stunning floral displays continue until this day.
The Grand Floral Parade is the centerpiece of the festival and the second largest all-floral parade in the United States after the Tournament of Roses Parade. More than 500,000 spectators line the route, making this flower parade the largest single-day spectator event in Oregon.
An opportunistic visit to the Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education turned out to be an inspiring visit and was a sobering reminder of the dangerous times we live in.
The Pittock Mansion located in the wooded West Hills overlooking Portland was originally built in 1909 as a private home for London-born Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana. Today it is owned by the City of Portland and open to the public.