82nd Avenue of Roses parade returns after cancellation last year
Saturday, the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade and Carnival took to the streets of Southeast Portland once more — after being cancelled last year.
Organizers scrapped the event in 2017, after protesters planned to interrupt the Multnomah County Republican Party.
Chilling video from last years' protests, which ensued in place of the parade, resurfaced after a man named Jeremy Christian allegedly stabbed two people to death on a MAX train less than a month later.
Christian was seen giving Nazi salutes and yelling racists slurs at the protests:
The parade, which has long been the kickoff of the Portland Rose Festival, started at Eastport Plaza and and ended in the Montavilla neighborhood Saturday.
Organizers said they made changes to security this year to keep the event safe for all.
"We actually had our police commander, east precinct, at practically every planning meeting, and we had other officers here, so everybody knew what was happening, when it was happening," said Nancy Chapin, President of the Portland Bridge Festival.
After the parade, attendees enjoyed a carnival with face painting, a petting zoo, and booths featuring foods from around the world.