Roses parade returns to 82nd Avenue
The threat of a clash between at-ends political groups prompted organizers to cancel last year's 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, but this year, the show will go on.
Last year, word spread that an alt-right group would march with the GOP in the parade. That was followed by an anonymous email from suspected Antifa members vowing to drag and push any right-wing marchers out of the parade. The anonymous email also said they would circulate flyers near the parade route condemning sponsors for allowing bigots to march. In fear of a violent outbreak at what's meant to be a celebration of the community, the parade was cancelled.
Despite the cancellation of the parade, a conservative group called Patriot Prayer planned a 'March for Free Speech, and walked down 82nd Ave anyway, waving "Don't Tread on Me," and "Make America Great Again" flags. Counter-protesters showed up, and police instructed the two groups to march on opposite sides of 82nd Ave. Although the two groups came face to face multiple times, there were no reports of violence.
The parade conflict made news again later in the year, when it was learned that Jeremy Christian, the man arrested for the stabbings on the MAX last year, had been seen at the 'March for Free Speech' yelling racial slurs and wearing a Revolutionary War era American flag as a cape.
So far, there have been no reports of protest groups for this year's 82nd Avenue Parade, and organizers say they expect to have a great parade and carnival.
If you go to the 2018 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade & Carnival
This Saturday families, residents, and businesses on the east side will get to celebrate their community again. The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, historically the first official event of the annual Rose Festival, will kick off at 9:30 a.m. at Eastport Plaza (4000 S.E. 82nd Ave.) with floats, music, horses, and more. After the parade will be a carnival with family-friendly activities at Eastport Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.