The annual Multnomah Days celebration began in the 1920s when Multnomah merchants decided to have an annual city-wide sale. Then, it was just a sale, the big annual parade and celebrations were on Independence Day. In the 1950s the event was renamed Chief Multnomah Days, a parade and celebrations were added. Local merchants, sometimes fortified with “fire water,” dressed up as Indians, stopping cars in the street for charitable donations, threatening to scalp those who did not contribute, or confining them to a makeshift “jail.” As Multnomah went into decline in the 1970s, the celebration stopped, but was revived in the 1980s.
Join us for Multnomah Days 2015, this Saturday, August 15.