PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Black Friday is expected to bring thousands of people to downtown Portland for various events and the Portland Police Bureau has a plan to keep everyone safe.
The celebrations start with the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade at 9 a.m., which will bring parade participants and spectators to the heart of downtown Portland.
The crowds will continue as Black Friday shoppers head to the Lloyd Center Mall and Pioneer Place. At 5:30 p.m.., the Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will start, so it’s safe to say Portland will be busy all day.
In addition to the holiday celebrations, protests are expected downtown and the Portland police are ready.
Extra officers will be on hand over the weekend and there is a robust security plan in place to keep people safe.
“Lots of officers will be out starting with the parade in the morning all through the afternoon leading up to the tree lighting in the square,” Sgt. Pete Simpson said.
Simpson also advises anyone driving downtown to keep valuables locked up inside your car to protect them from prowlers.