I've been blogging here at LeLo in NoPo for 4 years, and just about every year, I share a little somethin' from the St. Johns Parade. Here's from 2006 and here's from 2008. The neighborhood parade is a little bit kooky, a little bit old skool, and a little bit hipster now. The hipsters on bikes and community gardening groups are growing, but the steady stream of politicos, dudes in souped up cars, middle school bands, and just those happy to celebrate North Portland, the fifth quadrant out here on the peninsula, keeps goin'.
"Mom: I want to march with my chickens." "Are you sure, son?" "I'm sure."
This car didn't have a sign, but I like to think they represented teenagers in love, circa 1978.
This was a threat to all kids in the back seat who don't behave.
The Beaterville Cafe Queen is always my favorite. Especially since she's atop a Gremlin.
The fashions among the electeds are always interesting to note.
But then there's always the Shriners.
And then there's this photo from 2006: looks like this Shriner has a favorite spot to always stand on that truckload of flags. I love it. See? Some things just stay the same.
More photos from St. Johns Parade 2009 here.