Protests at a pro-Trump rally in Vancouver earlier this month
Protests at a pro-Trump rally in Vancouver earlier this month Doug Brown

***Update***

A statement from Direct Action Alliance, which had been planning a protest of the right wing marchers:

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We are disappointed that the Avenue of Roses Parade has been cancelled. As members of this community, we prize our neighborhood events and support events that promote community.

Known members of neo-nazi and anti immigrant hate groups planned to attend the group that was being hosted by the Multnomah County Republicans at the parade. We intended to stand between them and those who they wanted to intimidate. We intended to block out their hate and shut down their violence.

They want to march in a family parade and normalize a man who bragged about sexually assaulting women; they want to march in our diverse community and normalize a man who wants to ban Muslims and build a wall between us and our neighbor, Mexico. They want to march as the Republican Party, but in their ranks are groups like the "Bible Believers", who have already come to this neighborhood to intimidate a local Latinex church and who were filmed assaulting an injured activist on the ground in Berkeley last week and were also filmed attacking a woman at PDX in January.

No Portland child will see a march in support of this fascist regime go unopposed.

We will always stand with our neighbors, we will always defend our community.


***Original post, 3:52 pm***

The 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade scheduled for Saturday has been called off "following threats of violence during the parade by multiple groups planning to demonstrate at the event," the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association announced this afternoon.

"We can no longer guarantee the safety of our community," the group said. "We are deeply disappointed that the agendas of these outside groups have so regrettably impacted our community."

The conflict appears to surround the Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP), which planned to march in the parade, the local "antifa" planning to disrupt them, and right wingers planning to thwart the the lefty protesters.

The MCRP, in the Facebook event page, called for people to join them in the parade while chastising left-leaning protests here in the Trump era (emphasis ours):

March in the parade with like minded citizens. This is your opportunity to show your support and do something positive in the Portland area. Bring your flags and signs and show the citizens of Portland where you stand.

Tired of property damaging riots in Portland? Tired of ever increasing taxes, deteriorating roads, government sponsored resistance groups, and crime?

Mark your calendars for April 29 and join us in the first parade of the Rose Festival season.

Plan to join us at 900am in the Eastport Plaza shoppng center.

Yesterday, the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association announced that they "recently been made aware of a discrepancy between our entry process and Rose Festival policy. As an official Rose Festival-sanctioned event, we will no longer allow electioneering at the parade."

An anarchist/antifa sent an email on Saturday to the business association putting on the parade about the Republicans in the March: "We promise there will be no harm to anyone but we will shut down and prevent them from marching using non-violent passive blocking of their movement," if the MCRP registration isn't revoked, the email said.

The emailer said if the MCRP is allowed to march, "then we will have two hundred or more people rush into the parade into the middle and drag and push those people out as we will not give one inch to groups who espouse hatred toward lgbt, immigrants, people of color or others. In case the message was not clear to you this is a sanctuary city and state and we will not allow these people to spread their views in East Portland."

Here's a Facebook event description for the protest:

Fascists plan to march through the streets of Portland in the Avenue of Roses Parade on 82nd.

The fascists know that we'll keep shutting their marches down, they are now planning to march within other parades to protect their message of hate and white supremacy - it WON'T work. Nazis will not march through Portland.

The group we're disrupting is #67.
It is registered to the Multnomah County Republicans, but these infiltrators are the same folks from Lake Oswego, Salem, Vancouver, and even Berkeley. These are the folks that attacked a woman at PDX, they harassed Latinx parishioners with slurs and threats at a local church, they spew hate, threaten and curse young women at women's health clinics. They seek to intimidate and harass our Latinx, Muslim and LGBTQ+ neighbors and friends. Their Trump flags, their red MAGA hats and their hate group badges are all intended to normalize support for an orange man who bragged about sexually harassing women and who is waging a war of hate, racism and prejudice against our Muslim, Latinx, Black and Native neighbors.

They will attempt to march from the Eastport Plaza to Yamhill, but nazis will not march through our city.

This event is not in opposition to The Avenue of Roses Parade, it is against the fascists who intend to march through our neighborhoods and intimidate our marginalized communities.

Last night, after word of the antifa protest spread, local antagonistic Pro-Trump street preacher Allen Wesley Pucket, who was filmed kicking a person at an April 15 alt-right rally in Berkeley, made a call for "Christian men, Patriots, and those who just love freedom" to "stand with us against tyranny, and the oppression that Antifa has imposed on the citizens of this great nation. The Fight for freedom requires action! Rise up men! Be there this Saturday."

Yeah, it probably would have been a mess.

Here's the full press release announcing the cancellation of this weekend's parade:

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11th Annual 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade and Carnival Cancelled Due to Public Safety Concerns

Portland, OR – For more than a decade, 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association, in partnership with local business, residents and community groups, has hosted the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade and Carnival. This event, created to celebrate and promote the diverse community that lives, works and plays on 82nd Avenue is also the first sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival.

Following threats of violence during the Parade by multiple groups planning to demonstrate at the event, we can no longer guarantee the safety of our community and have made the difficult decision to cancel the Parade and Carnival originally scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at 9:30am. We are deeply disappointed that the agendas of these outside groups have so regrettably impacted our community.

While the formal Parade and Carnival are cancelled, we strongly encourage Portlanders to visit the great businesses on 82nd Avenue of Roses on Saturday and in the future.

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