Only in Portland?

We went to Portland yesterday to visit JJM and tag along with them to the Cirque du Cycling event on Mississippi Avenue. It was a Portland kind of day and the neighborhood was bustling with people dressed from casual to hip to the latest in the emperor's new clothes. There were cute little boutiques and outdoor cafes and booths selling bike equipment, and there was a parade (there always is a parade) and, finally, some criterium races. We ended up staying much longer than planned, and though we started out tired (and almost cancelled) we came home relaxed and feeling well entertained.