Halloween parade in Vegas marching on for the second year in a row

Vegas is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween. side_image

This city already caters to people who want to step out of their normal life and walk on the wild side. In a town that’s all about being something you’re not,you can only imagine what Sin City has to offer when Oct. 31 rolls around.

For the second year in a row, downtown Las Vegas will be home to a Halloween parade on Oct. 31. What better way to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year than by wearing your freakiest attire and strutting, staggering or lurching (depending upon your costume) your way along 4th Street, in a parade alonside other costumed enthusiasts. This is an all-ages event and everyone is invited to join. Participation is free. The only requirement is that you must be in costume.

The parade route starts at 4th Street and Hoover and runs along 4th Street northbound to the disband location at Ogden Street. Ogden Street is located one block north of Fremont Street and the Fremont Street Experience.  Anyone interested in joining the parade should arrive in costume at the staging area at 4th Street and Hoover at 6 p.m. The parade starts at 7 p.m. Last year the parade consisted of imaginative costumes, music, mobile artwork and of course the unexpected. Only time will tell what spooks, ghosts and goblins will be resurrected for this year’s parade.

Participants with large-scale art pieces, motorized vehicles, sound systems or large walking groups should register at www.thelasvegashalloweenparade.com. These participants will be placed in the parade line up. For guests who want to add some competitive edge to their experience you can register to be judged. Categories for judging include best group costume, most creative Las Vegas themed costume, funniest costume, best-lighted costume, weirdest costume, best float and scariest costume. For more information on the contests and to register, please visit the parade’s website listed above.

If you don’t want to participate, but you still want to watch all the action, fear not. Everyone is invited to be a specter spectator. The best viewing location is anywhere along 4th Street. Map it.

Calling all witches, demons, zombies and vampires, this is your time to shine. We hope to see you at the parade.