Starlight Parade draws big crowds downtown

Marching bands, floats and all kinds of entertainers walked in the Starlight Parade

Floats in the 2016 Starlight Parade. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As many as 325,000 people were expected to line the streets Saturday night for the 40th annual Starlight Parade. This year’s Grand Marshal is the Portland Police Bureau.

Thousands of people also participated in the Starlight Run right before the parade.

Many runners came in full costumes despite the heat. There were human pinatas, a Timbers MLS trophy, Smurfs and even a unique pair dressed as a combination of Little House on the Prairie and My Little Pony.

“My Little House on the Pony,” they called it.

Organizers said runners shouldn’t plan on setting any personal records this year, because it was a hot night. And while they couldn’t set up water stations along the 3.1 mile route because of the crowd, Steve Hamilton prepared by having plenty of water for the runners before and after.

He also adds temps have soared into the 90s about 6 times before so they know how to handle hot runners.

The Portland Police Bureau served as Grand Marshal for the parade and helped kids send off 5K runners with high fives.

Firefighters, floats and marching bands and more than 100 illuminated entries lit up the steamy Portland night.

The Parade started at NW 9th Ave. and Burnside St., winds through downtown Portland and ends at Lincoln High School.

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