Warmer, longer days can only mean one thing: Multnomah Days, SW Portland's annual parade and festival, is right around the corner! Every year, the popular event draws nearly 10,000 Portlanders with its spirited parade, tasty treats, and family-friendly activities. The revelries kick off at 8:00 am on Saturday, August 18 in Multnomah Village, between SW 31st and 39th along SW Capitol Highway.
The parade will feature Grand Marshall Jack Dunn, a long-time baseball coach and teacher at Wilson High School and Portland State, as well as a resident of the Multnomah neighborhood for 59 years. Led by a cavalcade of local pups, the parade will kick off 10:00 am and will include marching bands, classic cars, dancers, entertainers, and musicians. There is no advanced registration for those wishing to join the procession; simply check in at Handy Andy’s (7991 SW Capitol Hwy) before 9:30 am and bring two copies of a brief promotional piece for the announcers to share with the crowd. All marchers are encouraged to donate funds or non-perishable food to local nonprofit Neighborhood House’s Emergency Food Box at check-in.
Post-parade, the festivities continue with live tunes, local vendors, and diverse eats to please all ages and tastes. Attractions include:
• Kid zone: Hosted by the Multnomah Arts Center, young Rose City residents can nurture their inner artists with a variety of fun craft projects.
• Live music: Rock out with the best local talent from noon until 10:00 pm. All shows will be performed on the main stage, located in the Multnomah Arts Center lower parking lot.
• Annastasia Salon Cut-a-thon: Following the parade, get a snazzy new haircut from the local salon's talented team of stylists for a $25 donation (cuts typically cost $35-$65), with 100% of proceeds going to Neighborhood House's Food Box. Cuts will be available until 4:00 pm at 7741 SW Capitol Hwy.
• Food court: From shave ice to sausage and cookies to coconuts, the food court will offer a plethora of Portland culinary delights.
• Wine garden: Located in the MAC lower parking lot and hosted by local wine shop Sip D’Vine, the wine garden offers reds, whites, and rosés for the less hops-inclined.
Multnomah Days has been a community tradition for almost 100 years, and continues to thrive thanks to the generosity of its sponsors. This year, Annastasia Salon and Tindell & Co. are the event’s major sponsors. Other sponsors include Unitus Community Credit Union, Travel Portland, Symbiosis Printing, Blue Star Donuts, Healthy Pets Northwest, OREV Specialty Vet Care, Thinker Toys, Summit Advisors NW, Riversgate Church, Technaglass, and Spielman Bagels & Coffee. Special thanks to Allstate and Christine Lassiter, as well as Unitus and Lori Williams, for hosting the Multnomah Days Committee’s meetings for 2018.