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The first event of the Rose Festival, the 82nd Avenue Parade, happened this morning after being cancelled last year.

JESSIE DARLAND - The Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade was the first event of the Rose Festival, and returned after being cancelled last year. Residents, business owners, and others gathered Saturday morning for the annual parade to celebrate the diverse district and kick off the Portland Rose Festival.

JESSIE DARLAND - Bagpipe players start off the 82nd Ave Parade on Saturday morning.

The event was canceled last year due to threats of conflict and political protests. Security was at the event today, and there seemed to be no disruptions or conflict.

JESSIE DARLAND - Clowns wave to children as they walk down 82nd Avenue.

The parade began at 9:30 a.m. at Eastport Plaza, and participants walked down 82nd Avenue, giving away candy and smiles.

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Local residents and kids sat on lawn chairs and blankets under overcast skies, and waved at pirates, zombies, local politicians, clowns, dinosaurs, and firefighters.

JESSIE DARLAND - The Royal Rosarians march at the beginning of the parade.

After the parade a carnival was held at Eastport Plaza with vendors and food trucks, as well as carnival rides and a petting zoo. The carnival ends at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Miss the parade? Check out these pics taken by a Tribune photojournalist:

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JESSIE DARLAND - The Portland Rose society carry signs of various roses, creating a 'mobile rose garden' for the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade.

JESSIE DARLAND - Friesian horses carry their riders through the parade.

JESSIE DARLAND - Children wait to collect candy thrown from parade marchers.

JESSIE DARLAND - City of Portland Commissioner Nick Fish cruises through the 82nd Ave Parade, waving at residents.

JESSIE DARLAND - Kids wait along the curb in hopes of candy being thrown at them.

JESSIE DARLAND - A marching band marches with the 82nd Ave Parade in south east Portland.

JESSIE DARLAND - Kids run into the street to grab candy to add to their bags.

JESSIE DARLAND - Kids jump and cheer as parade marchers approach them with handfulls of candy.

JESSIE DARLAND - Children march through the parade with the Chinese Dragon in their own little dragon.

JESSIE DARLAND - The Portland Lee Association Dragon and Lion Dance team make a dragon dance through the parade.

JESSIE DARLAND - The Mysti Krewe of Nimbus celebrate Mardi Gras at the 82nd Avenue Parade Saturday, handing out beads to kids.

JESSIE DARLAND - Masked dancers make their way down 82nd Ave, celebrating their culture.

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JESSIE DARLAND - T-Rex's waddle through the parade with a 'Jurassic World' Jeep.

JESSIE DARLAND - Pirates wave their flag in the parade Saturday.

JESSIE DARLAND - A zombie scuffles past with a line of hearses, brought by the Coffin Cruisers Hearse Club.

JESSIE DARLAND - Drummers create a beat to march to at the 82nd Avenue Parade of Roses.

JESSIE DARLAND - A line of classic cars brings an end to the annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade on Saturday, April 28.

JESSIE DARLAND - Kids enjoy petting an alpaca at the petting zoo at the carnival following the 82nd Avenue Parade.

JESSIE DARLAND - A carnival was held at Eastport Plaza after the 82nd Avenue Parade, complete with carnival rides and games, food, clowns, and local vendors and organizations.

JESSIE DARLAND - A worker at a booth at the carnival shows a child two types of pinecones. Many organizations were at the carnival for outreach.

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JESSIE DARLAND - Kids wave to parents as they fly around Eastport Plaza on carnival swings.

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