Pre-Party for ELVIS: GRAND MARSHALL of THE STARLIGHT PARADE!
Saturday, Jun 03, 2017 4:00 PM PDT
Dante's, Portland, OR
21 years and over
COME JOIN the PRE-PARTY at DANTE'S from 4-7pm celebrating ELVIS: GRAND MARSHALL of the STARLIGHT PARADE and a regular fixture at DANTE'S on 3rd and Burnside. FREE ADMISSION! 21+.
From the Church of Elvis to the Starlight Parade...Portland’s own Elvis — the iconic street performer with a cardboard guitar — is selected Grand Marshal for the 2017 Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade, Saturday June 3. The Festival informed Elvis and his fans at a special karaoke performance at DANTE'S on Monday night. The Starlight Parade — which forms and starts in Elvis’s ‘hood’ in the lower Burnside Old Town area — will feature for the first time a crowd pleasing member of the community that represents the fabric of the city’s unique and weird celebration of life.
“Portland’s Elvis (John Schroder) has been an institution to the fine City of Roses, for as long as I can remember,” says Tres Shannon co-owner Voodoo Doughnuts. “Saturday Market, The Church of Elvis, a fixture at The X-Ray Cafe, Satyricon, Dantes and just the streets of downtown. I think Elvis totally and completely sums up all of what is a quirky, scary, and fun, about Portland, Oregon. He is a perfect conduit to the new Portland from the old Portland.”
John “Elvis” Schroder grew popular with the rise of the short lived Church of Elvis from 1985 through 1995. He would hang out near the coin operated novelty museum/art gallery on SW Ankeny Street created by Stephanie G. Pierce. Playing his trademark cardboard guitar, Elvis serenaded passersby daily. Shannon first met Elvis at the “WHERE’S the ART?” event in 1986. “He was a wonderful addition to our weird and wacky crew. I’ve seen him countless times performing doing everything from Elvis to ‘Darth Elvis’ and performing with a live band, solo, and recording studios.” The band loves him and the crowd loves him.”
According to Shannon, Elvis has been a fixture around Voodoo Doughnuts since they opened in 2003. Elvis — who can still be seen on the streets performing — has a new music CD out called “57 FANS CAN’T BE WRONG – The GREATEST HITS OF ELVIS!” He also released a Christmas 45.
Watch for Elvis in the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade is Saturday, June 3, 2017 as he becomes the first Rose Festival Grand Marshal to travel the new parade route on SW Washington and 12th Avenue.