Avenue of Roses parade blossoms on 82nd in Portland
Clowns, zombies, horseback riders, drummers, dancers, tank commanders and marchers of all stripes turned out for the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade — billed as the city's largest eastside procession.
Hundreds lined 82nd to watch the northbound cavalcade exit Eastport Plaza at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, as they began a two-mile tromp to the Montavilla neighborhood.
"My favorite part of the parade is throwing candy, 'cause I get to eat it," said Michael, age 6, who was visiting from Gresham with his sister Anna.
A slight drizzle at the begining of the event meant some of the strewn candy ended up in puddles, but that didn't seem to deter most of the young folk.
Numerous area businesses and clubs participated in the parade, including a local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Friesian horse riders, the Portland Peace Corps Association, Portland Fire & Rescue, the Portland Rose Festival, the Royal Rosarians, Bridger School, The Beat Goes On marching band, Portland Community College, the Montavilla Neighborhood Association, the King School Drill Team and the Portland Police Bureau.
PPB Cadet Jenny Pham was so swarmed with candy-seeking kids she ended up trailing far behind her partner.
"It's been really fun," Pham said, but "I lost my patrol car."
The parade was founded twelve years ago in 2007, but was canceled in 2017 over fears that inclusion of the Multnomah County Republicans could spark a street brawl challenged by Antifa. The GOP club did not appear to march this year.
Among the attendees were Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Jo Ann Hardesty.
"It's great," noted Commissioner Hardesty. "What a wonderful way to be out on 82nd Avenue — my hood!"
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