Portland Festival celebrating neighborhood's pride, roots for 44th year

Portland Festival celebrating neighborhood's pride, roots for 44th year
Portland Festival is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday and Saturday in June, (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The Portland Festival is in its 44th year. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The Portland Festival is in its 44th year. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mary Leffler, spokesperson for the Portland Festival. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mary Leffler, spokesperson for the Portland Festival. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A family-friendly street festival in Louisville's Portland neighborhood kicked off it's 44th year on Friday.

The Portland Festival spans five blocks in the neighborhood and has been traditionally celebrated on the first Friday and Saturday in June.

Event organizers said it's a celebration of pride, passion and the deep roots shared by generations of Portland neighborhood families.

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"We've got a great lineup of bands, the weather's going to be beautiful, we've got a bunch of nice kid rides, and the food is awesome," Mary Leffler, spokesperson for the Portland Festival, said.

The festival continues Saturday at 33rd and Northwestern Parkway from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m.

A parade, a cutest kids contest and a car show are on the schedule.

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