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Halloween Parades 2013 in the Washington DC Area

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Halloween parades are a tradition for many communities in the Washington DC area. Children 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.

Still need a costume? Here is a guide to local Halloween shops.

Here’s the schedule of parades for 2013:

Halloween Parade Vienna
October 23, 2013, 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.

Falloween at Market Commons
October 26, 2013, 11 a.m. Market Common Clarendon, 2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, Virginia. People and pets in costume are invited to join in the FALLoween Parade led by The Jokesters. The parade is a part of the fall festival and Halloween celebration that is held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Other activities include a petting zoo, face painting, DJ music, sidewalk chalking, live entertainment, plus trick-or-treating at participating retailers. All activities are free.

Hagerstown Alsatia Mummers' Parade
October 26, 2013. 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.

Del Ray Halloween Parade
October 27, 2013, 2-3:30 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, 2013, 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.

Do you know of a community parade that is not included? Send the details to dc@aboutguide.com and I will be glad to add it.

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