Downtown Portland shines during 2019 Starlight Parade
The Starlight Parade lit up the night sky of downtown Portland on Saturday, June 1 — but not even neon could shine as brightly as the faces of the rapt crowd.
Clowns, local marching bands, civic groups, a busload of Rose Festival princesses and countless more promenaded down Burnside Street and along Fourth Avenue before winding their way back to the finish line at Lincoln High School.
For Chris Long — a vendor with Mighty Hawk Concessions, which is run by local businessman Wade Hockett — the pom-pom-POM of the brass bands was the reason to groove.
"The music is the best part," the Troutdale resident said. "I love the fact that everybody is so enthused. It doesn't matter if it's families, children or adults."
Kids swarmed the rolling cart, eager to bop each other on the head with inflatables featuring the likenesses of Peppa Pig, Batman, Spiderman and a rainbow unicorn. Long revealed that the most popular item was, (of course), the poop emoji.
More than 300,000 lined the streets well before the official start time at 8:30 p.m. Organizers announced later that the David Douglas High School Band swept home with the Sweepstakes prize for the second year in a row.
David Bailey, an educator for 50 years at Lincoln High School, served as Grand Marshal for the parade, whose lead sponsors are Portland General Electric and SOLVE.
This year's Starlight Parade was not without its hiccups. The Canby School District issued a statement on Sunday after its bus company failed to pick up the school's marching band, causing them to miss-out on the big event.
"We understand how disappointed the entire CHS band community must be," district leaders said. "The district will continue to look into the circumstances around the lack of transportation to the parade."
Josiah Morales, 18, watched the parade with a group of red-shirted youngsters forming the Lewis & Clark contingent of the Young Marines, a drug-reduction program that promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members.
Morales, who is set to graduate Woodland High School in Washington state in a few days, said the best part was "being able to see all my Marines have so much fun and hang out together."
"When you see our twin bulldog logo, it means you're in the company of friends."
Here's the list of award winners from the 2019 Starlight Parade:
• Sweepstakes Award Winner - Best Illumination: Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club
• The Portlandia Award: Multnomah County Animal Services
• Best Marching Entry: Meals on Wheels People Precision Ladle Drill Team
• First Place - Alaska Airlines
• Second Place - iHeart Media K103 Float
• Third Place - KKRZ Z100
• First Place - Oregon Falun Dafa Association
• Second Place - Marysville Strawberry Festival
• Third Place - Sikh Community Float and Marchers
• Sweepstakes - David Douglas High School Marching Band (Portland, OR)
In State, Open Division
• First Place: Westview High School (Beaverton, OR)
• Second Place: Clackamas High School (Clackamas, OR)
• Third Place: Cleveland High School (Portland, OR)
In State, Division A
• First Place: Silverton High School (Silverton, OR)
• Second Place: Lincoln High School (Portland, OR)
• Third Place: Henley High School (Klamath Falls, OR)
Out of State, Open Division
• First Place: Union High School (Camas, WA)
• Second Place: Hockinson High School (Brush Prairie, WA)
• Third: Newport High School (Bellevue, WA)
Out of State, Division A
• First Place - Skyview High School (Vancouver, WA)
KOIN 6 News, a media partner of the Portland Tribune, contributed reporting to this story.
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