Ah, block parties. Love ‘em. The fun of city life.
Today, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Parkside will hold a block party that should be among the most diverse and colorful neighborhood parties that Portland has to offer.
The will be based at 85 Grant St., with activities to include face painting, children’s games, information tables, food, good company, good cheer, and — according to a neighborhood announcement, “a chance to meet Parkside neighbors in a pleasant setting.”
Rachel Horton White, Director of the Parkside Neighborhood Center, had this statement about the upcoming event:
It is an end-of-summer opportunity to share the positive energy and spirit of unity of Parkside. Neighbors can meet neighbors in a sunny spot and celebrate the people that make Parkside special.
And for those of you who aren’t familiar with Parkside for one reason or another, here’s a couple of sentences about the area provided by event organizers:
Portland’s Parkside neighborhood is the most densely populated and most diverse single square mile of Maine. Over 40 languages and dialects are spoken at Reiche Elementary, its neighborhood elementary school. Portland’s Parkside neighborhood is comprised of the streets below Congress Street by Deering Oaks Park, from Forest Avenue to Weymouth Street.