by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Todd Brugger and John Donovan carry the Monster March banner westward on S.E. Bybee Boulevard.As Portland Police Traffic Division officers started lining up their motorcycles under the Llewellyn Elementary School covered play area, the fourteen motorcycle cops wondered if the pelting rainstorm on the afternoon of Sunday, October 28th, would cancel this year’s pre-Hallowe’en “Moreland Monster March”.

Dripping, a police lieutenant commented to THE BEE, “We arrive early to make sure we’re here in plenty of time. And it also gives us the opportunity to set up our plan for this great annual parade event.”

But, by 3 pm, the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band was tuning up, and all kinds of costumed characters and creatures had slipped in to the staging area.

“We here to help the event continue,” explained Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance President Tom Brown. “It was handed down to us by Llewellyn parents who started it after the ‘9/11’ terrorist attacks.”

The business association cheerfully takes on the duty, Brown said, “Because our slogan is ‘Partners in a Healthy Community’. We want to be supportive of the community, and to do anything we can do to help them out. We care about everyone, not just the businesses and the merchants.”

Business association board members Lynn Murphy, Brent Heeb, and Alyce Irving helped Brown set out hundreds of cups filled with cider, and other after-parade treats, provided by Westmoreland QFC.

Even though the rainstorm didn’t let up, led by Station 20’s fire engine some 1,500 folks splashed through the puddles to participate in the annual Monster March along S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, west on Bybee Boulevard, and back to Llewellyn Elementary School, for those treats.

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