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everyone loves a parade

Portland, Oregon likes its parades.  It really likes the Junior Rose Festival Parade, which winds through the Hollywood neighborhood in early June each year.

Marching bands. Children in colorful costumes.  Dance teams, some twirling batons.  Floats.  Bikes decorated in many colors  Kids come from all over Portland and from parts of Vancouver.

20150603_084_PortlandThe 2015 Grand Marshall was Spider-Man, himself.  Portland felt honored that he could find the time from his daily life as a superhero and agree to join the children as they celebrated the coming of summer and the end of the school year.

The parade is so popular that families begin reserving spots along route early in the day by placing chairs and blankets on the sidewalks.  (For the Grand Floral Parade they pitch tents and camp over night.  For a short time, Portland streets become a large homeless encampment.)

But the most charming events are the children walking, marching, dancing.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

And sometimes one sees the adults who join the children, often dressing up as well.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

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  1. Very cool shots of people. I like the dancer up in the air. I always avoid the parade but maybe I should just go one year.

    09/06/2015
  2. Thank you very much. Lately, I have been taking note. It is a wonderful slice of Americana.

    09/06/2015
  3. Jim #

    Delightful photos Michael! It was terrific to see you at Craig’s party and swap stories doubt all of us. The calendar pictures were wonderful. Have a good week:-)

    10/06/2015
    • Thanks. I enjoyed celebrating Craig’s quitting. Now it is your turn.

      10/06/2015

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