Seen on the way to the staging area: A child swinging an inflatable Spider-Man hammer (a superhero merchandising tie-in that makes less and less sense the more you think about it). 2.
Meet the lucky kids bringing up the absolute rear end of the parade: the Tualatin High Marching Band! 3.
A member of the Falun Gong
marching group somehow finds peace amid a half-dozen warming-up brass sections.4.
Pirate re-enactors with the Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries (B.O.O.M.)
growl "Arr!" as a group of Civil-War re-enactors walk by. Coincidence? 5.
Who's "alternative" now? Can you tell who's in the hipster-packed March Fourth Marching Band
and who's promoting the OSU Extension Service's
relatively square "Master Gardener"
Peace between the States: Re-enactor Abe Lincoln (Alan Edwards
) checks out a Confederate chaplain's (Erik Wood's
) blade. Meanwhile, Lake Oswego cheerleaders
are intrigued by Union guns! 7.
A civilian shooting hoops totally bricks it
in front of the entire Lake O marching band. Howls ensue. 8. Washington County Fair & Rodeo
employee Brian Love
and his son Jason
. "We follow the [Rodeo] Queen around and clean up after her horse," Brian (sort of) jokes. 9.
Members of the "Timbers Army"
fan group play soccer with a rainbow-colored ball. One Army member promises they'll only do their "G-rated" Portland Timbers fight cheers during the parade: "Well, maybe PG; you might be able to conceive a child to one of them." 10. (l-r) Oregon Zoo Guide
volunteers Eva Brown
and Bob Granquist
and their animal puppets. (Eva calls her sloth "Frankie Blue Eyes."
Seen on the walk back to the car: a man and his dog strolling down the middle of utterly empty, cordoned-off Broadway.
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