Nearly 100 people, two hours, 90 percent of the parade route, and a full dumpster later, the Mercury’s Civic Clean-Up Squad can claim victory: The Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade Route is now free for anyone who’d like to take in the centennial celebration in the morning. There’s plenty of room for everyone on the sidewalks now!
No one got hurt, no one threatened us. We thanked anyone camping out for saving their spot in person, and passersby cheered as we ripped up the sticky litter. KGW reports. And Metblog’s Betsy has a great write-up of her truly amazing 9-year-old daughter—who did indeed yell “FREEEEEDOM!!” every time she added another piece of tape to her ever-expanding tape ball. Meanwhile, Lynn at Oregon Media Insiders made us blush, by calling this the “most brilliant street theater of the decade.” Aww.
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