By David F. Ashton ‚Äì April 11, 2006
In the vast expanse called outer East Portland, there is one ‚Äì yes only one ‚Äì good, old-fashioned parade every year.
That‚Äôs why nearly a thousand adults and kids line NE Halsey St. every May to see the Fun-O-Rama Parade.
The Floyd Light Band plays great marching tunes. David F. Ashton Photo
The high and low if it ‚Äì unicyclists are a favorite along the parade route! David F. Ashton Photo
This parade usually has it all: Floats, marchers, bands, and the famous Keystone Kops‚Äô antics along the route.
Commissioner Sam Adams announces the Fun-O-Rama Parade, and welcomes folks to the Fun-O-Rama Fair. David F. Ashton Photo
We‚Äôre told that Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams will again announce the parade as it passes the reviewing stand at 111th Square.
Those krazy Keystone Kops pull pranks for the crown in front of the reviewing stand at last year‚Äôs Fun-O-Rama Parade. David F. Ashton Photo
Getting this parade together takes a lot of time and effort. Pamela Colton, Nickel Ads, is the parade‚Äôs chair. She, and a dozen volunteers, starts lining up the parade north of NE 122nd Ave. early in the morning, before it starts down NE Halsey Ave. at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. Have a group to march in the parade? Call Colton at (503) 252-7519 ‚Äì but do it now! Spots are filling up.
The fun doesn‚Äôt end
Wait! There‚Äôs more! The fun doesn‚Äôt end with the parade. The Gateway Area Business Association presents the Fun-O-Rama Fair at 111th Square (at NE Halsey St. and 111th Ave.)
A young marshal artist demonstrates her skills. David F. Ashton Photo
See representatives from local businesses. Each year, the Fair features entertainment like clowns, dance, music and martial arts demonstrations.
Steevie Weevie squeeks up balloon hats at the Fair. David F. Ashton Photo
Also, the ‚ÄúGateway Citizen of the Year‚Äù is honored. We‚Äôre told ‚ÄúFather Jack‚Äù Mosbrucker is this year‚Äôs honoree.
Golf tourney on May 13
The annual Golf-O-Rama will again be held at Glendoveer Golf Course. Past proceeds have gone to support the organization‚Äôs scholarship fund for David Douglas High School seniors. Interested? Call organizer (and Snoopy‚Äôs friend) Karen Montez, Met Life, at (503) 252-6241 for more information of this fun event.
We‚Äôll see you at the 2006 Gateway Fun-O-Rama!
¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News