So The Great Halloween Lantern Parade, one of our favorite local events, is something you can count on every October. If you've never been, treat yourself to something special, as marchers and spectators from all over the area jockey to be part of this one-of-a-kind celebration. Bring a lantern if you've got one, and if you don't, just come costumed and ready to party. Marchers should meet at the Pulaski Monument at 7:00, as the parade will begin promptly at 7:30. And a word to the wise: You should plan on arriving at the park PLENTY early, since good parking spots (or even poor parking spots, for that matter) will surely be at a premium.
And what should you expect from the Lantern Parade? Well! Every year that we've attended has been amazing, what with the stilt-walkers, the shadow puppets and the incredible costumes, not to mention the glow of one of the most festive crowds in the universe. And this year's show, whose theme is Lewis Carroll's Jaberwocky, promises to be a winner, too. The procession will begin and end at the Pulaski Monument (it's taken different routes in previous years), where a giant screen will be erected to display Molly Ross's shadow puppet show. Expect dazzle, good music, and--new this year--a Ghost Town full of treats and games. Don't forget the costumes or the camera!
Patterson Park Audubon Center