This is just an outline of what I saw at the march, since I haven't seen ANY articles on indymedia that actually give a report of the march. I wasn't able to observe everything since I spent a fair amount of time volunteering to help the march run smoothly. I hope that others will contribute anything they saw that I missed!!
I arrived with the student/labor/radical feeder march from Pioneer Square to a very packed Waterfront Park at around 2:00. John Lewis gave a short speech, followed by a fundraising pitch. I helped do fundraising, and I was mobbed by people almost immediately during the fundraising pitch. My bucket was full of cash in minutes, and when I brought it back to deposit the money, the experience of all the other fundraisers was similar. Very quickly, people began pouring out of the park, and it probably took half an hour before they were all gone. I wandered over to the foot of the Morrison Bridge where the action was pretty much over, and there were almost as many cops as protestors.
I then joined the back of the march, which was quite lively, including a contingent of Rethinking Schools Portland. Along the way, everything stayed positive, with some apartment dwellers throwing candy to the crowd, and some Reed College students playing music and dancing next to Terry Schrunk Plaza. At one point, the peacekeepers (volunteers responsible for peacefully resolving conflicts) had interposed themselves between 7 or so counterprotesters and the march. They were trying to keep the marchers moving past the counterprotestors to prevent an argument that might lead to violence.
The march was LONG, winding through much of downtown, across Burnside to the INS building, then all the way back to the federal building on Broadway, and back to the Waterfront. It seemed like people pretty much left after the march ended and ignored the speakers. When I got back, the crowd had pretty much gone home, except for perhaps a few hundred people listening to the last few speakers, and many people at the various booths. The booths, which were reserved by various peace and justice organizations, were in fact busy for much of, maybe even all of the day.
In the end, I think that it was a success, with organizers estimating perhaps 45,000 people attending. This number is based on the percentage of waterfront park that was taken over by people. I was told that the capacity of the park is 70,000, so you do the math. I think that the booths were definitely a positive development, although I only base this on seeing that they were busy, and on the testimony of another organizer, Dan Handelman, who I don't think marched. In the future we'll need more volunteers to raise funds...