by: Eric Norberg, Once everyone had lined up, a Southeast Precinct squad car, lights flashing, and Engine 20 from the Westmoreland Fire Station led the way north on Reed College Place.

In Eastmoreland, when you combine beautiful weather, a celebratory holiday, great sponsors, and little organization, and you get lots of fun. That's what happened on the 4th of July this year.

Over 1,000 people arrived in decorated clothes, bikes, strollers, and more to walk in the 16th annual parade. Pets were in on the action too, and plenty of spectators made it special. The event began at Duniway School, moved north a few blocks on Reed College Place, turned south and returned to the school for refreshments and camaraderie.

Otto's Sausage Kitchen and Meat Market continues to be the major sponsor, serving hotdogs to all takers. The Woodstock Safeway, Westmoreland's QFC, and Trader Joe's contributed beverages and popsicles while other treats came from the Eastmoreland Grocery and Market, and Haggis McBaggis in Westmoreland.

Portland Police and Fire Departments were on hand to make it safe and official. The Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association organized the event, which seems to grow every year.

With united enthusiasm like this, who needs fireworks?

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