City Portland’s Parade To-do
posted by June 22 at 11:56 AMon
While we are in the middle of our own discordant parade season, I heard about a fracas going on down in Portland.
The Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade was June 9. There has been a long-running tradition of people going down ahead of time—sometimes days ahead—and taping off “reserved” spots along the parade route. Meaning people who show up on parade day are blocked from getting good places. Many people call bullshit on this practice.
The fight came to a head and tempers flared when The Portland Mercury’s Civic Clean-Up Squad announced it was going down the night before the parade to remove the markers for these “reserved” spots.
My Portland-residing sister-in-law told me it caused a HUGE uproar—both for its rejection of this local “tradition” as well as for the not-so-veiled insults directed at Greshamites.