Party's over at 10 for Last Thursday festivities, city says

Party's over at 10 for Last Thursday festivities, city says »Play Video
Portland police clear Northeast Alberta Street 30 minutes after the 10 p.m. curfew Thursday.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The city used street cleaners and police to help clear Last Thursday festival-goers from Northeast Alberta Street Thursday night.

Last Thursdays on Alberta is a summertime staple in Northeast Portland. But for the first time Thursday, the city took over running the street fair after a falling out with the volunteers who had run it. 

The city says you can party it up but it can't be an all-nighter, especially after city staffers documented quite a few problems a couple weeks ago. Those included 56 reports of public drunkenness and 54 times of smelling marijuana on the street.

So now there are rules about keeping the street fair contained to 15 blocks and there's a hard and fast 10 p.m. curfew. No exceptions.

About a dozen police cars, street cleaners, dump trucks and police on foot pushed through Alberta at about 10:30 p.m.

There were rumors of a possible protest – a dance party cleanup protest is what it was called online – and a few hundred people RSVP'd. But things turned out pretty peaceful. The "protesters" said they just wanted to send the city a message: they are pretty responsible and don't need the city clearing things out so early.

Several dozen people along the street cleaned up trash and there were no observable problems with police.

The changes were prompted by complaints from neighbors.