This is a pretty awesome story about my home state celebrations posted in the Oregonian. I couldn’t stop grinning. Okay, they kinda went and waggled their butts at the republicans at the Benson. But there was definitely a spirit of fun, not hostility. Heh.
Hundreds of people took the streets of downtown Portland about 9:45 tonight to celebrate Sen. Barack Obama’s victory in the presidential campaign.
The crowd, which included a dance group known as the the Lions of Batucada, appeared to gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square, then formed a conga line and danced north along Southwest Broadway until it reached the Benson Hotel, where the Republican Party was holding its post-election events. video link here
People young and old of several races and colors danced together, a few without their shoes. Some in the growing crowd carried their dogs, a couple waved American flags and one, hoisted a framed poster of Obama above his head.
Caroline Morris, 36, and Jon Wei, 44, both visiting from Austin, Texas, for work, brought their 8-week-old baby.
“We’re staying in the Heathman and we heard the drums,” Morris said. “We didn’t want to stay in our hotel room — it was too exciting — so we woke up the baby.”
Police responded, but seemed to be concentrating on trying to keep Broadway open to traffic.
The group was at least a block long before stopping in front of the Benson, where a cacophony of chants and horns filled the air.
As cars traveling up Broadway honked, the band paraded up and out of the bowl, across the street and stopped to gather a crowd in front of Nordstrom.
There, Juan Orduz cheered and pointed to his three young children as cars passed, “They won, they won.”
Orduz said he’d spent the day canvassing for Obama and picking up ballots with his 8-year-old, 3-year-old and 4-month old.
“They’re going to have a better future now,” he said.
Elsewhere in Portland, police also were responding to numerous reports of explosions. While some people reported them as gunshots, most turned out to be fireworks, one officer reported.
— Stuart Tomlinson and Laura Gunderson
And then there’s this: