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Culture: Keep Portland Weird

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Every city has a fringe, but Portland maintains an unusually visible odd streak. From a fiercely independent music scene to clowns riding tall bikes and marching bands on stilts, Portland prides itself on its quirky nature. Here are a few of the annual festivals that give the Rose City its unique atmosphere.

The Portland Pirate Festival
Every September, in the shadow of the St. Johns Bridge, scurvy buccaneers invade Portland’s beautiful Cathedral Park. Part interactive theater experiment, part country fair, part costume party, the Portland Pirate Festival is reportedly one of the largest pirate gatherings in the world. Wander across the grass and you’ll be accosted by one-eyed men who ask if you’ve seen their treasure hereabouts, and buxom wenches serving up beer from local Rogue Brewery. Read Full Story

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