Plans are underway for one of Del Ray’s favorite traditions, the Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade to be held on Sunday, October 27th at 2 pm. In past years, more than 5,000 have participated in this annual event which included over 2,000 children, special dignitaries and elected officials; over 50 pets in Halloween costumes; and 25 decorated strollers.
The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreational Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb.
This year's parade will feature awards for Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller. Judges include elected officials & City Dignitaries. Deadline to nominate your home or a neighbor’s home for Best Decorated Home is October 20th at 5 pm and deadline to nominate Best Decorated Business is October 20th - e-mail the addresses to email@example.com and state if it should be judged during the day or night. Awards will be given out at a brief ceremony following the parade, along with refreshments (hot dogs donated by 7-Eleven, cider, and cookies) and goodie bags for the children (including as long as they last, healthy bags that will not have any candy). Entertainment will be provided by the popular band Mars Rodeo and again this year thanks to the Alexandria Jaycees there will be games and activities for the children. They will take place at the Mt. Vernon fields immediately following the parade. And congratulations to our Grand Marshal, Raven Baker from Cora Kelly. The Parade and all activities are free!
***This year, please note that there is a major change for Stroller Entries for both registration location and judging. Based on feedback from parents, judging for the Stroller Competition will be done prior to the parade. Stroller entries must register by 1:30 pm at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and E. Howell - look for long string of orange balloons & signs. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to participating in the parade. Please allow extra time to get to the judging area by 1:30 pm especially if your entry is difficult to maneuver or if you are a large group. There is no fee to register and there are lots of wonderful prizes donated from our local businesses. Categories are: “Creative”, “Humorous”, “Best Group or Family”, “Less is More” and “Overall”.
Registration for Pets begins at 1:30 pm on Mt. Vernon south of E. Howell Ave. look for signage to register your pet. Categories include: “Creative”, “Team”, “How Could You Do This to Me” & “Best of Show”.
There is no registration required for children and families that march in the parade - they should gather at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte.
For the eighth year, we will collect & distribute Halloween costumes for children who would otherwise go without. We will be collecting donated costumes at Caboose, 2419 Mt. Vernon Ave, A Show of Hands, 2204 Mt. Vernon Ave, Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave, BB&T, 1901 Mt. Vernon Ave and distributing them on Saturday, October 26th, from 2-4 p.m. at Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. We especially need larger size costumes.
After the parade from 5 pm to 8 pm, for the 7th year, families can enjoy a Spooky Bean Halloween Haunted Graveyard (free!) constructed by Bean Creative and will be located next to their lot at Mt. Vernon and E. Del Ray Avenue. It is definitely a must do Del Ray tradition. Special thanks to our neighbor, Bean Creative.
The parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA) and we are always looking for additional sponsors and financial contributions, goodie bag contributions, and volunteers. Special thanks to Jen Walker, our primary sponsor & sponsor of the Best Decorated House & to Bobi Bomar sponsor of the Best Decorated Stroller & Paul Hair from Your Dog’s Best Friend for his sponsorships of the Best Pet Costume. Finally, if you would like to help stuff 2,000 goodie bags, come on Saturday, October 26th at 2 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. We also need lots of volunteers on the day of the parade. If you are able to volunteer on either day, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday at 2:00 pm either in the parade or along the route cheering us on!! For more information or to volunteer, contact: Gayle Reuter at email@example.com or as the dates gets closer, check out our website at www.visitdelray.com