Sister City of Portland: Centennial Rose Festival / 波特蘭姊妹市玫瑰節百週年慶
◎Text and Photos by Eli Chiu
In order to connect the world and strengthen city-to-city diplomacy, the City of Kaohsiung has established relations with 22 sister cities and 1friend city throughout the world. Among them, 13 sister cities are in the United States. Portland is one of the sister cities sharing the most cordial relations with Kaohsiung.
As Portland's Rose Festival enjoyed its 100th Anniversary this year, Kaohsiung received a warm invitation from Portland and decided to organize a large delegation to take part in the event. A delegation was then formed, co-led by Mr. Ci-Wang Jhuang, Speaker of the City Council and Deputy Mayor Chiu. It was comprised of more than 100 delegates, the largest group in recent years.
The 2007 Rose Festival was held in early June lasting for 10 days. The content of the festival included Grand Floral Parade, Dragon Boat Races, Rose Queen Pageant, indoor/outdoor concerts, Rose Cup Races, and folk performances from around the world. In the Centennial Celebration Party, Portland made a presentation on how the Rose Festival has progressed from 1907 to 2007. People gave high credits to Mr. Harry Lane, who was Mayor of Portland in 1907, for his vision to initiate the festival. Owing to this festival, we can see the high spirit of participation and volunteerism from the citizens and a cohesive consensus in the community of Portland During the Festival, the Kaohsiung Delegation was invited to the Rosarian Knighting Ceremony. Mr. Ci-Wang Jhuang, Speaker of Kaohsiung City Council, Mr. Fu-Peng Lee, President of Su-Te High School, and Mr. Ci-Wei Jhang, former President of Kaohsiung Sister City Association, were knighted as Rosarians in the Rose Centennial Celebration for their long-term contributions to the two cities of Kaohsiung and Portland. At the Knighting Ceremony, we were very happy to see that our national flag was proudly flown in the sky of Portland.
Though the day for the floral parade was cold and rainy, Su-Te High School marching band & performing group braved the bad weather and eventually marched into a great victory. The school won first place. Furthermore, the floral float presented by Kaohsiung Sister City Association received the honor of the Mayoral award.
The delegation also paid a visit to the Mayor of Portland, took part in the Centennial Ball, and presided over the opening & the closing ceremony of the Dragon Boat Races along the Willamette River in Portland. After the parade, Su-Te High School gave a "Kaohsiung Night" performance, which received resounding applause from a jam-packed audience.
On this trip, the delegation has made a very successful move for city diplomacy. In addition, the combined effort from the City, the Council, and the School served as a good model that has helped Kaohsiung advance its city diplomacy to a higher level.