PORTLAND – The post-Thanksgiving season got off to a very Portland start Friday with the Macy’s Holiday Parade, Black Friday sales at Fred Meyer and a light smattering of protests.
The Friday following Thanksgiving is the traditional kick off to the Christmas season and thousands gathered downtown for the annual holiday parade up Broadway.
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But many residents were up even, up outside the Beaverton Fred Meyers before 5 a.m . to cash in on Black Friday deals. In true Portland spirit, crowds were orderly and calm as the chain offered iPad minis for $50 off, deals on LED TVs an everyone’s favorite, half-price socks.
Of course, Black Friday didn’t go so calmly everywhere. Viral videos of shopper mayhem sprung up early.
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Nationally, some chains reported big early numbers. Crowds gathered at Target before 8 p.m. for the deals on electronics and toys, including 50-inch TVs that sold for $229. Sears said that a handful of its stores had lines of nearly 1,000 people waiting outside for either Black Friday or Thanksgiving day deals.
But NBC reported that a backlash against both Thanksgiving and Black Friday sale may be looming. NBC said that many people are staying away from Black Friday just to avoid the crowds (and perhaps the fights.)
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A national social media campaign to boycott Thanksgiving continued to gain visibility.
It wouldn’t be Portland without a protest or two. Friday morning, Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick and union leaders staged protest at the Wal-Mart on Southeast 82nd Avenue over low wages. Animal rights activists protesting the sale of fur, marched in the street in front of the downtown Nordstrom shortly afterwards.
It wouldn’t be Oregon without the Civil War game, between The Ducks and Beavers.
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The game was scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. in Eugene look out for traffic if you are coming up Black Friday shopping.
Friday will wrap up with another local tradition, the lighting of the downtown Christmas Tree. The event typically draws up to 10,000 people and features music by Thomas Lauderdale. The event will be live streamed on KGW.com and broadcast on Channel 8 starting at 5:30 p.m.
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