Clown Corps Workshop:

Spirit Mountain Casino
Grand Floral Parade

Fred Meyer Junior Parade:

Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade:

Friday - Sunday,
April 18 - 20, 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Wednesday, June 4

Saturday, May 31
Televised Live: See the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m.

Be A Clown!

It's Year Seven For The Popular Character Clown Corps And YOU Can Be Part Of It!

Join the Character Clown Corps Today!

Please see the application below. It contains information about MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS for applying to and participating with the Character Clown Corps.

Application Deadline: March 14, 2014 (5:00 p.m.)
Audition dates: March 18 & 19

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It's the three-ringed Rose Festival, where participants keep their day jobs while living out the dream of running away to join the circus! After an award-winning debut in 2008 and successive successful seasons, the Character Clown Corps has become one of the Rose Festival's favorite features, contributing a special blend of love and laughter to the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade and many other festival events.

These ordinary-folks-turned-extraordinary-entertainers reflect both the historic traditions of clowning and the contemporary culture of the region. Named one of the Best Educational Programs in the World by the International Festivals & Events Association, the Clown Corps is led by one of the region's most talented professional clowns, Angel Ocasio (also known as the Rose Festival's Clown Prince).

The Character Clown Corps has brought together dozens of people aging from 14 to 74 years, haling from all around the region. New clowns will join the ranks of the Corps in 2014, sure to embark on an exciting adventure of zany, fun-filled buffoonery at various Rose Festival events. Watch for them this spring, both on TV and in person!

Read what past Character Clown Corps members have to say about this program:

  • Becoming "Pippa the Clown" has encouraged me to take risks and find new ways to connect with people, which is something I want to bring to my life and work every day.
       ~Debra Samuel
  • What an absolute joy it was to get out and clown around on purpose!
       ~Jodi Carlton
  • I experienced the 'Magical Moments' from so many clowns -- old (not really old) clowns mixed with new clowns making us feel part of the family. Positive energy was in the air!
       ~Lina Grace
  • Seeing the smiles of the children as their eyes lit up was my favorite part.
       ~Larry Klobertanz

Boss Clown Angel Ocasio (a graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus' clown college) will instruct the workshop and oversee all Character Clown Corps activities. You can visit Angel's website here: OComedy.Com


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