I visited Portland a few years ago and just by chance I was there on annual Rose Fest weekend. I was changing trains to head to San Francisco and was glad I picked that weekend. There was a parade near my hotel with floats decorated with roses.  Amusement rides and a carnival near the river. 

Also Navy ships came upriver and were anchored at the dock.  

Was able to tour a frigate and that was very interesting.   

I was told the Rose Fest is second weekend in June and I just happened to choose that weekend to spend there and it was a great time. Portland is a nice clean city and very scenic. 

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