Begun by two housewives to cheer the neighborhood after 9/11, it now has a life of its own

DAVID F. ASHTON - Having won the right to carry the Monster March banner, at the annual Llewellyn Foundation auction, the Wright family sets off east on S.E. Tolman Street from the school, heading for Milwaukie Avenue. During most recent years, soggy participants in the Moreland Monster March braved rain showers, downpours, and high winds.

But, Mother Nature smiled on this year's event, the 17th annual edition held on October 29, with bright sunshine, bringing out a record number of walkers.

DAVID F. ASHTON - The Rasmussen Superfamily of young Atticus - who marches next to his dad Kyle, who pushes Wren in a stroller - stroll the parade. Sponsored by the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance, SMBA Board Member Tom Brown agreed that this is just a fun, silly event. "Silly is good!" Brown exclaimed. "We continue to host this parade, because it is a great family-friendly neighborhood community event."

Brown was laying out the cookies and placing the jugs of apple cider donated by the Westmoreland QFC Market at the playground of Llewellyn Elementary School, as the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band warmed up on S.E. 14th Avenue. Llewellyn is both the starting point and the finish line of the parade, and the refreshments are for those completing the march.

The 14-block-long parade was led by Portland Fire & Rescue Westmoreland Station 20's engine crew, followed by the fine-playing, high-stepping SMS Marching Band.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Good witch Nicole Koffler marches along with a little princess, Ellie. After the fire engine and band passed, the parade march again turned into a "mosey", as hundreds of family and friends strolled along the streets, many in Hallowe'en costumes, and some in street clothes.

With many families moving into the joyous procession along the route, by the time the head of the parade returned to the school, the tail was just setting out onto the route.

Again this year, people along the way tossed wrapped candy for the kids to pick up, in the spirit of the Hallowe'en season.

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