Halloween parades and costume contests are a seasonal tradition for many communities in the Washington DC area. Participants enjoy showing off their costumes and it’s a great photo opportunity for families. These events are a fun way to get in the spirit of the holiday and to check out the season’s most popular and creative costumes.
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Here’s the schedule of parades for 2017:
DC High Heel Drag Queen Race
October 24, 2017, 9 p.m. 17th Street, between P and S Streets NW Washington DC. This adult costume event attracts a large crowd to celebrate the Halloween season. Participants dress in creative drag outfits and enjoy the attention from the crowd.
Halloween Parade Vienna
October 25, 2017, 7 p.m. Maple Avenue (Route 123) from Branch Road to Center Street. Vienna, Virginia. The parade brings the community together to show off their Halloween costumes. Held rain or shine.
Each year, the Town recognizes parade winners at a Town Council meeting in November.
Hagerstown Alsatia Mummers' Parade
October 28, 2017. 6 p.m. Along N. Potomac St. in Downtown Hagerstown, Maryland. One of the largest Halloween parades in the Mid Atlantic region, the fall event features local floats, band and costumed mummers. The annual parade is a tradition that brings the whole community together to celebrate the Halloween season.
Del Ray Halloween Parade
October 29, 2017, 2-4 p.m. Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, Virginia.
Special dignitaries and elected officials, children and pets parade in their Halloween costumes in this annual event. The parade begins at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte and continues to Commonwealth Avenue. Awards are given for the Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller. Judges include local city and community officials.
Leesburg Kiwanis Halloween Parade
October 31, 2017, 6-8 p.m. Ida Lee Park, King Street to Fairfax Street, Leesburg, Virginia.
This Northern Virginia community has held an annual parade every year since 1957. The event features high school and music school bands, decorated floats, classic cars, police, fire, and rescue units, animals, and more. While the largest crowds gather north of Market Street, the best viewing area is near Loudoun Street.