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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Portlandia Turns 30!

30 years ago, former Mayor Bud Clark welcomed Portlandia to the City of Roses.


Today, we celebrated her birthday with a party fit for our Portland icon.


Nick was proud to join his Council colleagues, Mayor Bud Clark, former Commissioner Mike Lindberg, Rose Highbear from the Wisdom of the Elders, the great Storm Large, and students from Chapman Elementary School for the big celebration.


Rose Highbear gave a special native blessing to mark the occasion, and Mayor Clark shared how he floated down the Willamette to welcome Portlandia as she arrived by barge in 1985. Storm Large and the Chapman choir led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday," followed by an inspiring performance of "Amazing Grace" in honor of Roseburg.


Thanks to our event sponsors, The Standard, Starbucks, and Cupcake Jones -- and to our outstanding team at the Regional Arts & Culture Council for organizing a great event!

Portlandia (c) Raymond Kaskey

Storm Large, Bud Clark among attendees of Portlandia statue's 30th birthday celebration
Dave Killen in The Oregonian

Happy 30th birthday, Portlandia!

KGW News


Happy birthday, Portlandia: Iconic Rose City statue turns 30

Fox 12 News

How Portland businesses and art fans celebrated 'Portlandia's' 30th birthday

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal


Portlandia Turns 30

Matt Strangel in Artslandia


Quiz: How well do you know the Portlandia statue on her 30th birthday? (PHOTOS)

Joseph Rose in The Oregonian


Party like it’s 1985 for Portlandia’s birthday

Kevin Trevellyan in the Portland Tribune