Photo Credit: CONNECTION PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The Multnomah Days Parade takes place Aug. 16.Every year for a weekend in mid-August, a normally tame business district transforms from one nice place to shop to the city of Portland’s one-stop shop for fun and fodder. That business district is Multnomah Village, the occasion that brings about this temporary transformation, Multnomah Days.

Multnomah Days, as any longtime Southwest Portlander could probably tell you, is a two-day street fair and festival. Oregon’s so-called biggest little parade, which, after its popular pooch parade (a tough act to follow, to be sure), officially kicks off the festivities Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. with several hundred representatives of local schools, businesses and organizations marching in procession on a half-mile parade route up Southwest Capitol Highway.

“This event brings out the best of Multnomah Village: community, fun and connection,” said Luke Hufstutter, the owner of Anastasia Salon and this year’s Multnomah Days co-organizer.

The fun, however, does not stop with the parade. Attendees get to enjoy free, live musical entertainment at not one, but two stages in the Village, as well as its popular street fair offering not just wearable and edible fare, but also information about area nonprofits, government agencies and services.

“Multnomah Days is a real point of pride for the Multnomah neighborhood,” said Moses Ross, Multnomah Neighborhood Association chairman. “It allows our community to share the finest characteristics of our neighborhood with others. The beauty of our natural environment and the friendliness of our residents are on full display during Multnomah Days and it shows.

“Between the pancake breakfast, the biggest littlest parade, the unique shops and displays, the live music and performance art, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

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