Danza Hueca Omeyocan
A traditional Aztec dance group, the stamina of these 3 dancers was impressive. They performed for an hour, dance after dance, in continuous fast and fancy footwork to percussion and wind instruments (including a large sea shell). Their costumes were spectacular, especially the head dresses.
Ballet Folklorico Paplotl = mariposa = butterfly
This group performed a number of engaging dances in costumes of equal delight. The vivacious MC was so informative, while my rudimentary Spanish was lagging. Much of the program was given in both Spanish and English.
Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara & Ballet Folklorcio Mexico en la Piel
I got back late for this performance from exploring the carnival: what a mistake! It was a very popular show, and being height challenged, I could see nothing but backs, not the stage. A kind woman saw me taking a photo of a person taking photos, and offered to take a few fotos for me. Then she offered to help me move audience with my wheelchair. What goodness there is in the world!
It began with a few children, but soon the floor was full of dancers, and I couldn't see the stage. It was a long day for me, my body hurting, so I didn't stay for the entire performance. Not a reflection on the performance, but on my limited physical endurance.
Hispanic (and other) Foods at the Cinco de Mayo Festival 2023, Portland OR
Beside the performances, my favorite part of the festival is the food. Unfortunately, I couldn't try everything, but here's an idea of the foods on offer (alternatively there was Asian, Mediterranean, Indian Fusion, and other options, but of course for Cinco de Mayo, I was most interested in Mexican cuisine. I took some of the photos as I arrived, before the crowds.
Vendors, Activities, & Booths at the Cinco de Mayo Festival 2023, Portland OR
The Carnival (scroll down to the next section) was at the north end of the Festival, including the Battleship Oregon Memorial. At the other end of the Festival was the Performance Tent, south of Yamhill.
Carnival Rides, Games, Foods
Typical carnival games, rides, and food choices were available at the north end of the Cinco de Mayo Festival.
Portland Saturday Market
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
For more photos, scroll down to Japanese-American Historical Plaza atScroll down to Tom McCall Waterfront Park atU of Oregon branch campus
The sidewalk ramps on the south side of Couch St & Naito Parkway are steep with complex slopes. Additionally, someone had set a sign board at that corner, making it even more dangerous for a person in a wheelchair. The north side of that intersection is much better for disabled crossers.
After 3 years' cancellation due to COVID restrictions, Portland OR's 2023 Cinco de Mayo Festival returned to Tom McCall Waterfront Park. I decided to take the bus to avoid having to deal with traffic and parking, and not only was it less hassle, it was cheaper, due to my TriMet bus discount ($5 for the day, I think--I used my prepaid HOP card). The address listed for Tom McCall Waterfront Park puts you at the Japanese-American Historical Plaza, so TriMet had me take Bus 12 from Parkrose/Sumner Transit Center, along Sandy Blvd and across the Burnside Bridge. I found that route interesting, but a more direct entrance to the Festival was at Yamhill & Naito Parkway, so I could have taken the MAX Redline--get off at Morrison/SW 3rd Ave by Pioneer Place shopping mall & walk .2 mi east. I suppose one could park by Pioneer Place and walk from there. The Cinco de Mayo festival area was from about Pine St (or, the Battleship Oregon Memorial Marine Park & the Oregon Maritime Museum) south past Yamhill.
Some historical landmarks of PDX, including the White Stag sign:
On the way, west along Sandy Blvd
I happened to notice a bus at Parkrose TC labeled Clackamas Towne Center (#71), which caught my attention, but I see from the route map that taking the MAX (Red then Green lines) would be more direct and no doubt quicker.
I couldn't take decent photos from the bus, but noted some businesses & buildings that caught my eye as we traveled west along Sandy Blvd. I loved the architecture of the Churches I saw from the bus.
The Grotto (scroll nearly to the end of
Ed’s Rock & Gem
Calvary Presbyterian Church, 71st north off Sandy on Fremont
Lots of Asian & other restaurants, including Ben & Esther’s Vegan Jewish across from Safeway
Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 58th Ave south of Sandy Blvd
German American Society (estab 1871) 57th/Alameda St
Our Lady of Lavang Parish, Giao Xu Duc Me Church west of the German American Society
St Rose of Lima Catholic Church 54th Ave off Sandy, though not visible from Sandy Blvd
Then there's a pretty steep hill (for those who may need to know, eg those in a wheelchair)
Rose City Food Park https://www.facebook.com/RoseCityFoodPark/
US post office, 50th Ave
Personal Mobility Ctr, right next to the Post Office, on 49th
Portland Symphonic Choir, I noticed on the map, 45th
Rose City Park Presbyterian, 44th
St Michael & All Angels Church, 43rd
Sandy Blvd passes through more than one neighborhood on its way west . . .
Hollywood https://www.travelportland.com/neighborhoods/ general map of neighborhoods
Portland Urgent Care, 42nd
Old Hollywood Theatre—41st St
Piccone’s Corner butcher shop—3434 NE Sandy Blvd https://picconescorner.com/
(amusingly right across Imperial Av from DeVita Oregon Kidney Center)
Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie—3420 NE Sandy Blvd
7th Day Adventists, 30th Ave
Hollywood Vintage/Market (weekends, though I couldn't see any action as I passed)—27th
Kerns Neighborhood https://portlandneighborhood.com/kerns a bit more detailed map of NE Portland neighborhoods
Albertina Kerr non-profit for persons with disabilities & challenges https://www.albertinakerr.org/
Oregon Irish Dance Academy—1625 NE Sandy Blvd https://www.oregonirishdance.com/ on the map
Portland Rock gym—Couch St https://www.portlandrockgym.com/calendar/
Portland Tennis Center 12th Ave, Portland City United Soccer Club w/big field(s) I saw on the map
Burnside Bridge (Burnside & Burnside bus stop)
I've been in a wheelchair for 30+ years. It poses some challenges for traveling. Maybe others can benefit from my experiences.