11th Annual N. Halsted Halloween Costume Parade

Thu. October 11, 2007 12:00 AM

miss foozie greets friends at last year's parade

"Fire Breathin'" is the theme with costume contest for kids, pets, adults and groups

Chicago, IL - The mythological dragon—feared and celebrated in books, songs and on the silver screen--will take center stage with "Fire Breathin'" as the theme of this year's North Halsted Halloween Costume Parade.

The 11th annual event—held on one of Chicago's most eclectic streets—will step off at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, October 31, from Belmont (3200 N.) and Halsted (800 W). The parade route is north on Halsted to Cornelia before returning south to a main stage at Halsted and Roscoe.

Presented by Triangle Neighbors Association, a branch of the Lake View Citizens' Council, in conjunction with the Northalsted Area Merchants Association, the iconic annual parade is always guaranteed to be one of the city's most outrageous and imaginative Halloween celebrations.

Thousands are expected to either participate in or view the parade which has quickly grown to become one of the Chicago area's must-attend Halloween events. The parade draws a broad mix of area residents including children and families.

Free registration for the costume contest for children, pets, adults and groups begins at 5:30 p.m. at Spin, 800 W. Belmont.

Winners of the costume contest for kids and pets will be announced immediately after the parade followed later by adult and group contest winners.

There will be over $5,000 in costume contest cash and prizes, including airline tickets for two. There will also be post-parade musical entertainment.

Sponsorship proceeds and donations from the parade support the construction of Space Park, a new community garden park near Halsted and Roscoe which is slated to open in 2008. To date, the community has raised over $1.2 million for park.

For more information call 773.868.3010 or visit www.chicagoevents.com.