An estimated 45,000 people traveled about one kilometer through downtown Portland on Sunday, June 16, 2019 for the Portland Pride Parade. Approximately 8,000 people from nearly 200 groups participated, including the Dykes on Bikes motorcycle group, Nike, Keen, Alaska Airlines, the Harry Potter alliance, Powells Books, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Senator Ron Wyden and the new Chief Portland firefighters, Sara Boone,
The parade began at West Burnside and Park Ave. and ended at Southwest Pine St. and Naito Parkway. From there, the event was extended to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where visitors were able to enjoy other activities on the theme of pride.
The parade is run by Pride Northwest, a nonprofit organization serving Oregon and southwestern Washington since 1994. Portland organized its first pride parade in 1977, when Mayor Neil Goldschmidt announced the "Gay Pride Day". You can find out more about the parade history here.
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