How did Portland mourn the death of Michael Jackson yesterday? By riding bikes and zombie dancing in the street.
In other words, by doing what Portland does every night, but with more Michael Jackson songs.
Still, the New York Times
(you're going to be shocked by this news, so sit someplace stable) was so taken by BikePortland's improvised cycle tribute that the Grey Lady wrote the bike ride into its MJ obituary:
Impromptu vigils broke out around the world, from Portland, Ore., where fans organized a one-gloved bike ride (“glittery costumes strongly encouraged”) to Hong Kong, where fans gathered with candles and sang his songs.
The BikePortland ride does look to have been heartfelt, and awfully charming.
(Deacon Amos Hunter of the Bike Temple
eulogized Jackson as "A man who will surely in no one's mind be remembered as an advocate, activist, or enthusiast of bicycles.") We're hoping to have more on-site coverage of the memorials throughout the day; feel free to send photos and videos along.
Meanwhile, we've been informed by multiple Twitter sources -- and if the last 24 hours have proven anything, it's to trust Twitter -- that a moonwalk "Billie Jean" tribute will be held at 5 pm this afternoon in Pioneer Courthouse Square.
White socks and black shoes are the suggested attire.
See you there. For now, we leave you with this footage of Last Thursday revelers dancing like zombies to "Thriller":