Lents has overhauled its signature summer event, and is set to unveil the re-imagined Founders Day: A Celebration of Our Community Aug. 21 at Lents Park.
Attendance had been flagging at recent Founders Days, and the Lents Neighborhood Association, which organizes the event, looked at new ways of attracting visitors.
“There was a call from this community to celebrate Lents’ cultural richness,” said LNA president Nick Christensen. “Lents’ volunteers really stepped up to, very quickly, turn an idea into reality.”
Lents is one of Portland’s most diverse neighborhoods. According to the 2010 Census, the neighborhood is 60 percent white, 16 percent Latino, 14 percent Asian and 4.5 percent black.
Free African, Mexican and American food will be offered; the event will feature music and dance performances from China, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia and more.
The events start at 3:30 p.m. with a parade through Lents; food and music at Lents Park starts at 4:30 p.m.
Activities for the family include a bounce house, a soccer kick competition, arts and crafts, story time, clowns, face painting, a photo booth, the Pioneer Living Exhibit, OMSI brain teasers, sack races, bike parking and a farmers market hosted by Portland YouthBuilders and La Gran D radio.
Find more information on the parade route, performers, lents trivia and more at the new founders day website.