by: DAVID F. ASHTON - The Eastmoreland Independence Day Parade returns to its point of origin - to line up for Ottos hot dogs! From its humble beginnings several years ago, the Eastmoreland Independence Day Parade has grown by leaps and bounds. It starts at S.E. Reed College Place at Rex Street and heads north.

This year, by 11 am, the official start time of the parade, a crowd that could only be described as a friendly-but-massive had assembled.

The parade, and Otto’s Sausages hot dog feed, came together “organically”, remarked this year’s organizer, Karen Mularski. “As this is my second year organizing this parade, I’m still a rookie,” she smiled.

She took up the challenge again this year, Mularski told THE BEE, “Because, you know, there is nothing like a parade! I sure love living in this neighborhood, and I love the people in this neighborhood. And, I love seeing everybody out here smiling and laughing together.”

The parade is a good way to “kick summer off”, she added. “It brings our community together; they say hello and talk with one another. It’s a good way to get the summer started off right.”

Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA) President Robert McCullough echoed Mularski’s sentiments, as he climbed into neighbor Bud Oringdulph’s nifty sports car. “It's great to have everyone out, having fun together!”

With Boy Scout Troop 64 members serving as Honor Guard, the parade marched – actually more like moseyed – north to S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and Reed College, and then back.

Awaiting the returning throng, who patiently stood in twin lines, each line 200 people long, were hot dogs – fresh off the grill, provided by Otto's Sausage Kitchen.

“This has to be the largest and greatest neighborhood July 4th celebration west of the Mississippi!” grinned Portland Police School Resource Officer, and occasional department spokesman, Greg Pashley.

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