The Rose Queen’s Coronation, Rose Parade and Queen’s Tea will highlight a weekend of festivities at the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler.
The annual celebration of the city’s rose-growing heritage continues through Sunday. The theme of the festival is “Celestial Wonders.”
Several events will take place at the Rose Garden Center overlooking the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive.
The Rose Show, a display of more than 7,000 fragrant rose blooms depicting the theme, will be on view in the lobby of Rose Garden Center 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Also on view in Rose Garden Center is the Palette of Roses Art Show. Featuring dozens of paintings, the free show will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Rose Garden Center houses the Rose Museum, which features rose queen gowns and displays depicting the history of the festival, the region’s rose-growing industry and the city. The museum will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 on Saturday and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at its box office.
Free guided tours of the Rose Garden are set for 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday and a free program on selecting roses for home gardens is set for 11 a.m. Friday in the center.
The Rose Queen’s Coronation, one of the festival’s marquee events, will take place on Friday at The R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler.
The matinee, which technically is a dress rehearsal, is set for 2 p.m. and the evening coronation is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are required to attend and can be bought in advance at texasrosefestival.com or before performances at the venue’s box office.
The coronation is the formal presentation of members of the Rose Queen’s Court in their lavish gowns depicting various aspects of this year’s theme.
The court is led by Rose Duchess Caroline McGinley Bertram, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kenneth Bertram, and Rose Queen Emily Kaye Evans, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Lenville Evans Jr.
Young women from Tyler families are presented as the ladies-in-waiting and other young women are the out-of-town duchesses. Children take on the roles of the queen’s attendants and young men from Tyler are the escorts.
The ceremony culminates with the crowning of Miss Evans by Texas Rose Festival Association President Raymond Cozby III.
The Texas Rose Parade and Queen’s Tea are among special events that will take place on Saturday.
The parade steps off at 9 a.m. on Front Street at Glenwood Boulevard and follows a route west on Front Street through the East Texas State Fairgrounds. It ends inside Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
A pre-parade show will begin at 9 a.m. Reserved seating in the stadium costs $7 to $10.
It is free to watch the parade along the route. The parade traditionally one has more than 100 entries including dignitaries, Shriner units, bands, drill teams, clowns, specialty acts and members of the Rose Queen’s Court on floats.
Some of the streets near the parade route will be blocked beginning early Saturday morning. Motorists are advised to avoid Front Street near the fairgrounds.
The free Queen’s Tea will take place 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Rose Garden. The rose queen and members of her court will be under pavilions in the garden to meet and greet festival visitors.
The Rose Festival Arts and Crafts Fair and Plant Sale is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College Ave.
Hosted by the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department, the event will feature dozens vendors offering handcrafted items.
Set to perform in the park’s amphitheater on Saturday are:
-- 11 a.m., East Texas Youth String Ensemble from the East Texas Youth Orchestra;
-- Noon, Candy Crocker School of Dance;
-- 1 p.m., Clarkston Chorale;
-- 2:30 p.m., The Groove Slaves.
Entry to the park is free but there will be an admission to access the children’s Play Zone area.
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the parks department will show a free screening of “The Man Who Knew too Much” starring Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day.
On Sunday, The Jazz Connection will perform in the park at 2 p.m.
Tickets to events are available through the website texasrosefestival.com or Cowan Center box office, 903-566-7424.