Calling all class clowns: Portland Rose Festival seeks new aspiring performers

People 13 and older can apply to join the Rose Festival Clowns and add joy to the annual festivities which run for three weeks starting Memorial Day Weekend.

About 20 people dressed in colorful clothes and wearing facepaint pose on a parade float.

Keep your day job while living out the age-old dream of joining the circus.

Photo courtesy of Portland Rose Festival Foundation

The Portland Rose Festival is looking for new volunteers who enjoy clowning around. Literally.

From now until Thursday, Feb. 29, people 13 and older can apply to join the Rose Festival Clowns. The group’s mission is to bring “color, humor, and playfulness” to those who attend the annual festival’s parades and events. All creative types — think artists, acrobats, animal trainers, etc. — are invited to apply and no prior experience is required.

The colorful, cheery cadre is led by Rose Festival Clown Prince Angel Ocasio. New recruits will learn how to turn their natural knack for entertaining and silliness into a circus act under Ocasio’s coaching.

Auditions will be held on March 13. Those who are accepted into the Rose Festival Clowns will take part in a workshop in April.