Duniway Parade signals summer's start - almost
Family members with kids attending Duniway Elementary School, and their friends and neighbors came out on Friday, June 2, again to cheer on the school's students in this year's 'Duniway Parade'.
Repeating as this year's parade organizer was parent-volunteer Heather Austin, who said she has kids in pre-kindergarten, second, and fourth grades.
"I believe this is my fourth year working on the parade, so it's feeling pretty comfortable now," Austin said, as the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band warmed up in front of the school. "It's such a fun event; everyone's happy, the weather is almost always beautiful for us like it is today, and it's such a fun way to end the school year.
"Continuing this tradition is important, because the kids have worked hard all year, and when everyone comes out to cheer on the kids, it brings more community spirit," Austin observed.
Of course, during multiple snow days in January, Portland Public Schools had extended the school year through June 15, but the parade went on as usual at the start of June, even though a couple of weeks of school remained.
Westmoreland Fire Station 20's Engine led off the parade, guided by Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division escorts. Following came the Duniway Elementary School Marching Band; then the classes – from the youngest to the eldest Duniway students.
As in the past, the procession headed north on Reed College Place in Eastmoreland, before turning around at S.E. Bybee Boulevard and returning back to the school.
As the parade got underway, Austin commented, "What I like is seeing how much enjoyment the kids get out of the event as they parade around the neighborhood. And, then they get to enjoy a Popsicle on a sunny afternoon. It's a great way to end a week near the end of the school."