PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Things got weird Thursday night in North Portland.
The first annual “Weird Portland Gala” featured a host of Portland’s quirkiest icons, from mermaids and Moshow the Cat Rapper to Napolean the Alpaca and the Unipiper.
Attendees were encouraged to don their weirdest costumes for the occasion.
The nonprofit behind the gala — Weird Portland United — is the brainchild of the Unipiper (aka Brian Kidd). It’s an organization focused on celebrating and upholding Portland’s unique arts and culture scene and discovering new voices to support the city’s culture of weird.
Kidd said the gala was a fundraiser to help further the “Keep Portland Weird” crusade.
“We are raising money for a free program where we are giving away free money to folks who want to keep Portland weird and we’ve invited some of Portland’s weirdest to help us do that,” he said.
Many local celebrities were inducted into the “Weird Portland Hall of Fame” during the party at Polaris Hall. A flier for the gala said those included in the inaugural class were recognized for making “a significant cultural impact on the unique identity of the City of Portland.”
Weird Portland United also sold limited-edition prints of the historic “Spirit of Portland” photoshoot to commemorate the event.