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Halloween !!

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Halloween !!

Is there a Halloween Parade or a thing like that in Philly ? And which day ?

Pennsylvania
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1. Re: Halloween !!

I don't know of any in the city, but there are plenty in the suburbs.

Philadelphia
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2. Re: Halloween !!

The Philadelphia suburbs of Riverton and Palmyra (southern NJ) have a nighttime Halloween parade every year on Mischief Night (Oct. 30) It's a mix of children, adults, floats, bands, etc., so it's a bit more interesting than the usual suburban Halloween parade, which is often a toddler-fest.

These 2 towns are along the Delaware River about 10 miles north of Center City. Drive across the Ben Franklin bridge and take Admiral Wilson Blvd to Rt. 130 North to the jughandle on Riverton Rd., or I95 to the Tacony-Palmyra bridge and Rt. 73 to Rt. 130 North. For public transportation, catch a NJ Transit bus (#419) from CC, or the new Riverline train from Camden. Either will drop you in the center of both towns, though the bus will be detoured while the parade's in progress.

The parade might be on Saturday this year, as Mischief Night falls on a Sunday.

Philadelphia
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In Philadelphia itself, there's the Henri David Ball, which takes place at the Wyndham and is essentially an indoor parade with a bar. It's $20 if you're in costume, $50 if not, which means everyone's in costume. Come late and watch the costume judging, which begins at midnight.

One creepy thing about all Halloween events - because Halloween falls just before election day in the US, they're often crawling with politicians.

Levittown, PA
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4. Re: Halloween !!

Here some info on something fun. I've never been but plan to go this year. Hope it's fun!

Day of the Dead? Festival

Sunday October 30th - 3 PM Parade

Concert - 4:00 - 9:00 PM

Please Click The Read More Link for a full listing of events, and to read more about the festival!

Philadelphia, PA, 10/5/05 - Never missing an opportunity to put its own spin on the observance important traditional holidays, South Street is planning a very special line-up of activities for everyone on Halloween and the Day of the Dead.

This year South Street pays homage with a special tribute to travails of New Orleans by dedicating the Day of the Dead Parade & Concert to the citizens and traditions of the battered but not broken 'Big Easy!' The theme this year is the "Voodoo Vampire Parade!", Philadelphia's Biggest Halloween Party!

Everyone is invited to South Street in costume for a special welcome, including discounts and freebies at many participating merchants, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues on South Street. As part of the official Day of the Dead observance there will be candy, treats and prizes for everyone who comes in costume. There's an early Eagles game that day so Eagles jerseys and creative Eagles face painting are considered costumes!

In keeping with the theme, special prizes will be awarded for the Best Vampire Costumes!

On Sunday, October 30th a festive traditional Mexican South Street Parade features spectacular giant puppets, dancing skeletons, dancing bears, traditional rolling altars, fire spinners and a horse drawn hearse. Everyone in Halloween costumes is invited to join the in the festivities and walk in the parade. The parade forms up at 5th Street at 2:30 - 2:45 pm.

The parade starts at 3 PM on 5th and South Street proceeding east on South Street to Front Street making a left on Front Street and then left on Lombard finishing at Headhouse Square.

This year the event honors the spirit of the great city of New Orleans. At Headhouse Square the spirit of New Orleans will be celebrated -- and South Street's best wishes for a speedy recovery will be delivered in song, dance and good cheer by dancers, fire spinners and costumed characters.

SPLINTERED SUNLIGHT, the area's top Grateful Dead band, will perform a concert 5:30 9:00 PM at Headhouse Square, 2nd & South. South Street veterans HYDROGEN JUKEBOX and other special guests will perform starting at 3:30 pm at 2nd & South.

Many of the area's hundreds of bars, restaurants, shops and retailers will participate in this celebration by decorating store windows for the event.

Background - "Day of the Dead"

Dia de los Muertos (DEE-ah deh los moo-AIR-tohs) or "Day of the Dead" is a celebration of life and spirit shared each autumn in Mexico. This festival celebrates life by honoring ancestors and friends who are no longer physically on this planet, yet are still very much alive in our hearts. The festival is celebrated November 1-2: the first, All Saints Day, is devoted to children, and the second, All Souls Day, is devoted to adults.

Sunday October 30th - 3 PM Parade

Concert - 4:00 - 9:00 PM

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Voodoo Vampire Parade

Raising Spirit of New Orleans

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In Concert

Splintered Sunlight

(Philly's Favorite Grateful Dead Band)

Opening Act - HYDROGEN JUKEBOX

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Traditional Mexican Day of The Dead Parade

With Hearse, Festive Altars, Floral Displays & Skeletons

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Zoot Scoot Riot Stella Scooter Brigade

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Historic & Unusual Custom Bicycle Brigade

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Performance Artists, Fire-Spinners,

Brass Funeral Band & Kids Of All Ages In Costume

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Philadelphia's Biggest Halloween Party...

Specials At Shops, Bars, & Restaurants

For Everyone Who Comes In Costume!

Free Candy & Prizes For Everyone In Costume