20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade Takes Place Oct. 30

October 22, 2016 2:00 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the 20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue.  The parade, which begins at E. Bellefonte Ave., ends with a party at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields featuring live music, goodie bags for children, free refreshments, children's games, awards for Best Decorated Stroller, House, Business & Best Pet Costume, and more.  The event is free and open to all.  

    Last year’s parade had more than 7,500 participants, which included over 2,500 children, special dignitaries and elected officials.  Leading this year's parade as Grand Marshall is Berhaane Wobante, an outstanding student selected to represent Cora Kelly School for Science, Technology, and Math.

     In recognition for her 20 years organizing the Del Ray Halloween Parade and transforming it into one of the City of Alexandria's signature events, the Alexandria City Council will issue a proclamation renaming Mount Vernon Avenue "Gayle Reuter Avenue" from 2pm to 4pm the Sunday before Halloween every year, starting with this year's parade.   Alexandria Vice Mayor Justin Wilson will deliver the proclamation during the parade's awards ceremony.  "Gayle Reuter is the Glue of Del Ray. She holds it all together," Wilson said.  "She keeps the neighborhood together during difficult times, and helps generate joy wherever she goes. She's essential to our community."

       Among the events on the day's program:

  • Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Decorating Contest:  Registration for the Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Competition will be done prior to the parade start. Stroller and pet entries must register by 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Howell Avenues; look for signage. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to the parade. Pets will be judged immediately at the end of the parade route. There is no fee to register.  For complete details and categories, visit www.visitdelray.com/halloween

  • Best Decorated House and Business:  The deadline for nominations for Best Decorated House and Best Decorated Business is Sunday, October 23, at 12 p.m.  To nominate a home or business, email the street addresses to delrayhalloweenparade@yahoo.com by October 23; please state if it should be judged during the day or night.

  • Spooky Bean Halloween Haunted Graveyard: After the parade from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., families can enjoy the Spooky Bean Haunted Halloween Graveyard, constructed by Bean Creative. This is a free event and appropriate for all ages, located in the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.  Donations are accepted at the gate to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
      
  • Costumes for Children In Need: The Del Ray Business Association collects and distributes Halloween costumes for children who would otherwise go without.  New or gently used costumes can be dropped off at collection bins at the Del Ray Farmers Market, Caboose Cafe, and the porch at 110 E. Del Ray.  Costumes are distributed the day before the parade from 2-4 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. In 2015, over 200 costumes were distributed.
    Held each year the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  


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