The Eastmoreland community unites each July 4th for fun and a neighborhood parade

DAVID F. ASHTON - The Eastmoreland Independence Day Parade is underway.As residents of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association and guests gathered on the sunny Tuesday morning of July 4 near Duniway Elementary School, there wasn't a flyer, poster, or even a whisper about that Historic District application.

"I've helped out in the past, but this is my first time coordinating our July 4th Parade," smiled Steve Calderaro. "This is one of the very best events in our neighborhood, because it really brings everyone together!

"We moved here, mainly, because of the people in this neighborhood," Calderaro said. "The parade is one of those times when people get to know one another, and that makes it more likely that they'll look out for each other."

Several neighbors and businesses helped present the parade this year, including the extended Eichentopf family from Otto's Sausage Kitchen, and Woodstock's New Seasons Market, which brought buckets of iced soft drinks.

The Portland Police Traffic Division began closing off streets along S.E. Reed College Place, and the Westmoreland Fire Station's Engine 20 rolled into position just before the parade began.

"It's important to volunteer, because I want to give back," Calderaro said "We feel that were getting so much out of this neighborhood, it feels right to do a little something for the neighborhood."

The parade started off with a brisk pace, but soon turned into a leisurely saunter, as the throng headed north to S.E. Carlton Street, and then turned around and came back to Duniway School, to gather for the provided refreshments.

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