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Monsters again cheerfully prowl Westmoreland

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - These smiling ghouls are, from left, Emmett Bregoli, Matt Bregoli, Paul Jordan, Kathleen Jordan, Allison Bregoli, and Mason Bregoli. As has been the tradition for a dozen years, participants and observers of the annual Moreland Monster March filled Westmoreland streets on the Sunday afternoon of October 27.

Year after year, participation in the parade – started by Llewellyn Elementary parents, and now shepherded by the Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance business association – has grown from a few costumed revelers to a throng of thousands.

The clouds that brought a steady rainfall cleared away about an hour before the march, which brought out even more participants this year.

To keep the route length manageable for little kids, organizers haven’t expanded it to accommodate the rising tide of parade-goers. Participants late to the line-up in front of Llewellyn Elementary School don’t seem to mind waiting their turn to step off – which, now, is long after the Sellwood Middle School Band that leads the parade has returned and disbanded along with the early marchers in the playground.

Perennial “Monster March minder” Bent Heeb from Stars Antiques Malls again this year praised nearby QFC Market for donating gallons of apple cider and cases of cookies to the festivities.

“The Business Alliance continues sponsoring the Monster March partly to honor the neighborhood mothers who started it years ago – and partly because it’s so much fun! As I recall, SWBA President Tom Brown took it over when the moms decided to ‘retire’, which was even before the Business Alliance was formed.”

Seeing hundreds – perhaps thousands – of neighbors out having fun builds “community”, Heeb commented. “It’s an important part of the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhood, and it’s a way for the businesses here to give back to our friends and neighbors.”