Outer East Portland’s BIG parade slated for May 20

By David F. Ashton – April 11, 2006

In the vast expanse called outer East Portland, there is one – yes only one – good, old-fashioned parade every year.

That’s 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 – 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’ 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’re 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’s 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’s 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 – but do it now! Spots are filling up.

The fun doesn’t end

Wait! There’s more! The fun doesn’t 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 “Gateway Citizen of the Year” is honored. We’re told “Father Jack” Mosbrucker is this year’s 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’s scholarship fund for David Douglas High School seniors. Interested? Call organizer (and Snoopy’s friend) Karen Montez, Met Life, at (503) 252-6241 for more information of this fun event.

We’ll see you at the 2006 Gateway Fun-O-Rama!

© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

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