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In Support of the 82nd Avenue of Roses

In solidarity with our fellow business districts, we are temporarily changing our Facebook profile picture to show our support of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association, and their difficult decision to cancel this weekend’s scheduled 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade.

Please see their official statement below.

82nd Avenue Statement

For more than a decade, 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association, in partnership with local businesses, residents and community groups, has hosted the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade. This event, created to celebrate and promote East Portland and the diverse community that lives, works and plays on 82nd Avenue is also the first sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival.

Following threats of violence during the Parade by multiple groups planning to disrupt the event, 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association can no longer guarantee the safety of our community and have made the difficult decision to cancel the Parade originally scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at 9:30am. The related Carnival at Eastport Plaza is also cancelled. We are deeply disappointed that the agendas of these outside groups have so regrettably impacted East Portland and the 82nd Avenue community.

While the formal Parade and Carnival are cancelled, we strongly encourage Portlanders to visit the great businesses on 82nd Avenue of Roses on Saturday and in the future.

By Liz Smith

Running a small business means wearing multiple hats. In the ever-evolving world of social media, keeping up can be overwhelming! After a 20-year career as a fashion merchandiser, branding and marketing was what I was most drawn to, and now I use these skills to help small businesses consistently deliver their brand message out to the world through various platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blogging and copywriting. With me running your social media, you can go back to running your business.

2 replies on “In Support of the 82nd Avenue of Roses”

Was deeply saddened that an event meant to bring together community has to be cancelled because of those groups who think it is ok to threaten to get their way-kind of like two year olds. What’s even worse is that we have someone in charge of our country who is ok with hatred he is spewing for all to hear. It’s a sad day when we have to give in to these types of people

Sadly, the hatred and threat of violence that caused the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association to cancel the parade was from the left-wing and directed at a conservative political party. For democracy and mutual respect to flourish we all need to accept that we may disagree at times, but will defend each other’s right to speak freely.

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