PORTLAND — Hundreds of shoppers poured into Portland’s Old Port and downtown shopping districts Thursday night as stores remained opened later than usual as part of the downtown’s Merry Madness event.

Organized by Portland’s Downtown District, Merry Madness gives shoppers until 10 p.m. to finish their holiday shopping.

The event kicked off with free hors d’oeuvre, raffles and music at the Portland Regency Hotel and Spa.

Free horse and wagon rides were offered in Monument Square.