If you like beer and soccer, the weekend starts on Thursday this week.*
The parade starts at the Harborside Pilsner Room (0309 SW Montgomery), winds its way downtown (stopping by City Hall to pick up Mayor Sam Adams), and by about noon arrives at the tents on the waterfront. The mayor will tap the ceremonial first keg and the 2009 Oregon Brewers Festival will have officially begun. Anyone can participate in the parade, and you’ll be glad to know the organizers got a street permit from the City of Portland – no tear gas and paddy wagons this year!**
As you know, the Brewers Festival runs through Sunday.
At 7pm Thursday the Timbers battle the Puerto Rico Islanders for first place at PGE Park, which you also know. And I don’t even have to remind you about the friendly Saturday against the visitors from England – Burnley FC of the English Premier League (well, beginning next season).
Saturday head out to Southeast Portland for the Division/Clinton Streetfair and Parade. The fair starts at 10am, the parade at 10:45. The parade route extends from 50th and Division to 27th and Clinton.
Again this year the festival highlight is Hammy’s Pizza Eating Contest!!! Actually last year I missed the contest, but it is no doubt a highlight. It starts at 1pm at 21st and Clinton – contact Hammy’s for information on how to participate.
A free shuttle serves the festival area, there’s a lego exhibit, lots of bbq, and an ice cream social. On the Division/Clinton Business Association website the list of the activities is only available as an Excel document. I’m making it available as a PDF for your (slightly more) convenience.
* If you don’t like beer and soccer, you probably also don’t like rain, bikes, public transit, smiles, and unicorns. Sad, really.
** It’s a joke! No riot police were necessary at previous Brewers Parades.