Multnomah Days: The basics for one massive, all-day block party
UPDATED – Monday 12 August 0800 hours. Delays in repaving Southwest Capitol Highway will not mean delays or detours for Multnomah Days on Saturday August 17. The Multnomah Village Business Association expressed its relief in a press release late last week. "The team met this morning and decided to finish up and fill in the current hole at 35th and Capitol Hwy. They will do a patch over and clean up in that area and the areas around the curbs. They should be done with this early next week. They will not do any more digging until after Multnomah Days, where (sic) they will resume their project."
Multnomah Days events on Saturday, Aug. 17, along Southwest Capitol Highway north of the Multnomah Bridge.
And if marching in a parade is on your bucket list, you're in luck.
"The parade is easy to participate in," said Christine Lassiter, organizer of Multnomah Days for the Multnomah Village Business Association (MVBA). "You show up with a donation to Neighborhood House, and two written out blurbs about your entry."
If you've got a vintage car or truck you've always wanted to drive in a parade, here's your chance.
"Cool vehicles are welcome as well, Lassiter said. "We are asking that vehicles come with a point person on each corner near the wheels this year for the safety of the kids who line the sides of the parade."
The parade starts from the abandoned gas station at the south end of the bridge — 7991 S.W. Capitol Highway — and heads north until it disbands near Lucky Lab. If you'd like to be in the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until about 11:30 a.m., you need to check in by 9:30 a.m.
Neighborhood advocate and activist Marianne Fitzgerald, with the Crestwood Neighborhood Association and Southwest Neighborhoods Inc., has led the fight for 26 years to rebuild Capitol Highway. She will serve as grand marshal of the Parade.
There will be dozens of booths along the parade route for a variety of commercial and nonprofit enterprises. Business booths cost $156 this year. For nonprofits, the fee is $127. By joining the MVBA for an annual $100 fee, you get a free booth.
On the basketball courts under the overhang next to Multnomah Arts Center, there will be live music, a food court and a wine and beer garden. Lassiter says special efforts will be made to attract crowds to the basketball/food court.
"We are putting a ton of emphasis into drawing a crowd to that area," she wrote. "This will include things like a balloon arch, volunteers with sign boards, neon arrows and whatever else we can do to showcase the talent and the food and beverages that we work so hard to bring to the event."
For more information and to contact the MVBA see www.multnomahvillage.org
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