After our fantastic experience at the Great Halloween Lantern Parade last year, Noel and I knew we just had to go back again. Thanks to a last minute cancellation with the ghost tour, Noel was able to make it for the whole parade and festival (yay!)
Unfortunately, due to my
problem shopping at the mall, we were a bit late to the festival. We arrived after dark, when the party was in full swing. But we jumped right in and enjoyed ourselves with a Magic Hat beer!
Folks with lanterns were starting to line up for the parade–one of the great things about the parade is that anyone can participate in the march around the park–so we were able to enjoy some of the stationary displays with lighter crowds.
This year there was a Day of the Dead theme to the displays that I don’t remember from last year’s festival, and it was a nice addition. I’ve been fascinated with Day of the Dead since I was in middle school Spanish class and we celebrated the holiday. I love the decorations and the idea of taking sweets to those that have passed on.
This carriage, which was also Day of the Dead themed (with Tibetan prayer flags, but hey, it still looked cool) was my favorite thing we saw all night. It was so detailed and looked like it was really mobile!
The horses were built on bikes!
And this skeleton, it was fantastic. It took four people to maneuver, but it was worth it–totally one of my favorites!
We met up with our friends
Elizabeth and Jon Sookie and Bill! Their costumes were great!
We had a perfect vantage to see the parade as it came into the parade festival. There were a bunch of drum lines and step teams, which gave the parade a great beat!
Noel might have gone a little crazy for this next huge lantern. Screaming “I love you CAULIFLOWER!!!!” counts as crazy in my book!
Another favorite–the stilt bug!
Noel and I ended the night listening to Balti More, a great Eastern European band that was really getting the crowd going! We danced a bit and enjoyed our beer before heading home.
There was a rumor before the parade that this was the last year, because the parade’s founding director is retiring. The Creative Alliance folks said they’ll be back with another great event next year for Halloween (phew!) and I can’t wait to see what they come up with!
Happy Halloween Everyone!