Last Thursday Group Resigns in Protest
6/25/2013, 12:38 p.m.
The popular northeast Portland event Last Thursday on Alberta Street faces an uncertain future. The group Friends of Last Thursday announced Monday that it will cease its sponsorship of the event because it objects to new permit demands from the city of Portland.
Though the volunteer group will not assume responsibility for providing ambassadors to monitor rowdy behavior, pay for portable toilets and the collection of garage and recyclables, the 16 year old event will continue on as usual, officials said.
The loss of support comes after the city added a number of new regulations to the festival, such as 15 certified security guards, musicians complying with city noise ordinances, port-a-potties every other block and most recently a 9 p.m. shut down and smaller street closure.
The festivities are still scheduled to last until 10 p.m. on Thursday, but will not have the sponsoring group involved.