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Starlight Parade crowd crowns 'Queen Thelma' with pennies

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JEFFREY BALL - The Clown Prince and Clown Corps of the Portland Rose Festival looked pretty funny during Satuday's Starlight Parade.People voting for the “historic” Queen Thelma Saturday night raised $1,634 in pennies for the Knight Cancer Challenge, the Portland Rose Festival’s official charity.

Thousands lined downtown streets for more than five hours May 31 as well-lit floats, marching bands and runners entertained along the route.

As part of the festivities, people voted with pennies for one of three young women vying to portray Rose Festival’s first elected queen, Thelma Hollingsworth.

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JEFFREY BALL - The festival's Clown Corps delighted the crowd of thousands who lined downtown streets for hours to see the Starlight Parade.This is the 100th anniversary of the festival’s first elected queen. In 1914, festivalgoers cast votes for the queen with pennies.

On Saturday, 163,453 votes were cast, naming Shelby Hansmann (who won with 61,630 votes), as Queen Thelma. Hansmann, a David Douglas High School student, will be decked in ornate splendor as Queen Thelma and ride on The Oregonian Float in the Grand Floral Parade, Saturday, June 7. The Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Leading the Starlight night off, 5,500 runners took to the streets in Portland's largest mobile costume contest, the 5k Legacy Health Starlight Run. Phil Padilla of Portland won the men’s division with a time of 16:20. Carrie Heineck of Portland won the women’s division with a time of 19:18.

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JEFFREY BALL - Alaska Airlines' contingent included an airplane balloon, a luggage truck and marching ground crews with red flashlights.

Here are the 2014 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade awards:

FLOATS

Sweepstakes Award (Best Illumination)

The Sikh Community

The Portlandia Award

Mysti Krewe of Nimbus

Best Community Division

First Place: Marimba Masikati

Second Place: National Association of Letter Carriers

Third Place: Oregon Falun Dafa Association

Best Corporate Division

First Place: The Oregonian

Second Place: Portland General Electric

Third Place: Z100

Best Festival or City Division

First Place: Daffodil Festival

Second Place: Molalla Buckeroo Association

Third Place: Portland Parks and Recreation

Best Small Local Business

First Place: Roloff Farm

Second Place: Woodburn Dragstrip

Best Marching Entry

First Place: Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers

Second Place: Alaska Airlines PDX Drillers

Third Place: Lacamas Shores Neighborhood Association

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JEFFREY BALL - That sounds like 'Louie, Louie.' The One More Time Around Marching Band, complete with dozens of former members, played their way along the streets behind Grand Marshal former Mayor Bud Clark during the Starlight Parade.

BANDS

Sweepstakes

Evergreen High School (Vancouver, Wash.)

In State, Open Division

First Place: Lake Oswego High School (Lake Oswego, OR)

Second Place: David Douglas High School (Portland, OR)

Third Place: Southridge High School (Beaverton, OR)

In State, Division A

First Place: Milwaukie High School (Milwaukie, OR)

Second Place: Lincoln High School (Portland, OR)

Third Place: Tualatin High School (Tualatin, OR)

Out of State, Open Division

First Place: Mountain View High School (Vancouver, Wash.)

Out of State, Division A

First Place: Skyview High School (Vancouver)

Second Place: Prairie High School (Battle Ground)

Third Place: Chief Sealth High School (Seattle)