Volunteers line up April ‘Avenue of Roses Parade’

Don’t miss the first community parade‚ and first Portland Rose Festival parade‚ of the season. See how business people and neighbors are working together to create this brand new event, slated for April 28‚

(Front row) 82nd Ave. of Roses Business Association president Ken Turner works with volunteers: Kathryn Notson, S. Tabor Neighborhood; Paul Ellison, Bank of the West; Johnni Beth Jones; (middle row) Sharon White, PDOT; Sandra McDaniel, Montavilla Neighborhood Association; Alema McCray, president, Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association; are Marie Sworske; (back row) Sgt. Reed Hunt, Portland Police Bureau; Kevin Williams, PDOT, and Greg Bockman, Montavilla Neighborhood volunteer.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
The first outer East Portland Rose Festival event, and in fact the first community parade of the season‚ as well as being 82nd Avenue of Roses’ first-ever street event‚ will take place on Saturday morning, April 28.

“The first Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade kicks off at 9:00 a.m.,” Ken Turner, the business association’s president tells us.

“This event is a collaborative effort,” Turner continues, “involving several neighborhood associations, business associations, and many other organizations. Participants include bands, marching groups, Chinese Lions, the Keystone Kops, Royal Rosarians, Rose Court Princesses, Portland Corvette Club, clowns, and more.”

The Avenue of Roses Parade starts at Eastport Plaza, 4000 SE 82nd Avenue.  The parade will travel north along 82nd Ave.; then west onto SE Yamhill, disbanding at SE 78th Avenue. Presenting sponsors for the event are Eastport Plaza Shopping Center and Washman, USA.

Festivities continue after the parade, with a sidewalk festival hosted by the Montavilla East Tabor Business Assn. and Montavilla Neighborhood Assn.

To participate in the parade, or for more information, contact Ken Turner at (503) 771-3817.

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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