Starlight Parade

Last Saturday, my brother came to town. We planned on meeting in downtown Portland to watch the Starlight Parade as they were in a hotel on the other side of town near the airport. If you ever get the chance to come to Portland, I highly recommend the Starlight Parade in May. We decided to go to the ‘park and ride’ to take the train downtown since once we got trapped in the parking garage afterward until midnight. When we got to the parking garage and noticed many people going in and many people going out, we were slow to realize there were NO spots. Should we backtrack to another garage or just drive?? We decided to drive and found a really convenient, but run down parking structure in Portland with a friendly attendant. We then had to hike to find my brother and his family. The parade is preceded by a 5k with people in costumes of all kinds. It is so totally awesome that I almost consider putting on my running shoes to actually run in this event. I may do it sometime, but I am averse to the popularity of running these days and paying for the chance to run. We met them at a restaurant, but they had already ordered so we decided not to join them since we were near some food trucks so we could get served quicker and get on with the festivities. We have had limited success with the food trucks because it is often a bit chilly and nowhere to sit for 5 people. This time we had Greek food and they had seating. We ordered the best chicken Shwarma. I will definitely go there again. It was so healthy and tasty! We finished dinner at the same time and met up again and then since we were very near Voodoo donuts, we had to stop by. I was so full when we got there that I didn’t want ANYTHING. Then, as we all stood in line (cause my brother would not pass up the chance) the sugary sweetness filling the air enticed me to change my mind and not actually care that my stomach was full. The donuts were good, but I’d never been there at night so it was especially fun with the festive atmosphere. We then went to watch the fun fun Starlight Parade for awhile and everyone soon got tired so we called it quits and got out of town before the hoards evacuated. They went on their way to the Oregon coast for the week and we went back to school since it was not yet “summer” for Oregonians.

one of many elaborate costumes worn by runners.... We saw more than a few "Olafs"

One of many elaborate costumes worn by runners…. We saw more than a few “Olafs” I’m not sure what that is, but my kids told me.

Chicken Shwarma was soo good.

Chicken Shwarma was soo good.

Voodoo donuts. I'm standing underneath with some lighted goggles.

Voodoo donuts. I’m standing underneath with some lighted goggles.

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