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Photos: Vienna Halloween Parade, 'Celebrating 65 Years of Tradition'

Parade draws performers, politicians, school groups and 'The Costumed Kids'

An afternoon rainstorm soaked most of the placeholder blankets spectators had laid across the sidewalks along Maple Avenue, but by the time Vienna's Annual Halloween Parade kicked off where the road intersects with East Street, there wasn't a cloud in the sky -- perfect weather for the performers, spectators and judges who came out for one of the town's most anticipated traditions.

The theme of this year's parade was "Celebrating 65 Years of Tradition: The Vienna Halloween Parade Through the Decades, 1946-2011," a concept imagined by a student at The Green Hedges School.

As part of that theme, the parade gave Grand Marshall honors to four long-time businesses: , , and . All have operated in Vienna for more than 50 years.

Among the highlights for some young spectators that spoke to Patch were the Bolivian dancers who balanced fire on their headdresses; the local performing arts groups; the Redskins, Madison and Marshall marching bands; and area police and fire departments.

Click through our photo gallery to catch a glimpse of the parade.

Check back later for video highlights of the event.

R. October 27, 2011 at 01:23 PM
My first Halloween parade in Vienna was 32 years ago when my first child was almost one. The Halloween parade is always wonderful EXCEPT for all the politicos, regardless of party. Can't we just have Halloween be Halloween without the upcoming election always being part of it?
CR October 27, 2011 at 01:48 PM
WOW. Looking at these photos, it's clear that the parade is no more than yet another venue for the politicians to beat us over the head with an overwhelming volume of those junky looking placard ads. I am SO glad that I decided not to try to squeeze in a trip for my kids to the parade on a school night. I will know now not to ever bother attending in the future. Thank you, Patch, for filling us in on the real story!
Kathy Isaac October 27, 2011 at 02:21 PM
I have probably attended over 40 Vienna Halloween parades being a 63 baby and Vienna native. I thought last night's parade was as wonderful as ever. Even with the politicians. Politics ARE part of our culture and I do not have a problem with them being PART of the parade. How great to live in a country where different parties/candidates can all march respectively down the street without fear or violence. I think that is a worthy message for our children to witness.
tom bauer October 27, 2011 at 02:32 PM
How sad.
Trudy October 27, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Like Rebecca, I have also been going to the parade for over 34 years..(back when we had a handful of kids that walked with the parade)......Like CR, I got tired of going to the parade, because it became nothing but political BS....I went this year, without my kids,(aged 34-and 26), they didn't go because of all the political stuff....Parades are supose to be FUN.....Though, I enjoy seeing all the little kids in their great costumes, I must say, the parade would have been so much better without all the political....If you remember, the main reason for the Vienna Halloween parade, (65 yrs ago), was for the neighorhood kids!!!..,Maybe next year we'll be lucky, and there won't be any political bs along the parade route.....(I don't see that happening)....Bring back the old time parade!!!!
Will Radle October 27, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Our adopted Yorkie Harley and I had a lot of fun! If you're missing a kitchen knife, I think I found it - HA! Thank you Vienna, especially all the volunteers! The 65th annual parade was a spectacular night to remember. Thank you! Remember, whether you're blue, red, green, purple or polka-dotted: Vote Nov. 8. A. Will Radle, Jr. Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com
CR October 27, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Oh, good grief.
Will Radle October 27, 2011 at 05:31 PM
CR, I got your point and understand your grief. If it helps, I was the only candidate wearing anything resembling a costume and have put no signs on medians anywhere. Got to get the message out that there is an Independent. I enjoyed walking the parade route with the skeleton dancers. I hope we address your concerns in future parades so you and your family can enjoy this great family event. That's the primary goal.
Herb Langford October 27, 2011 at 05:36 PM
I love the idea of a community parade and Vienna has one of the best. I did miss pictures of the Pennywise Thrift Store Float which has been around 50 Years, the bands and the contributions of the Kena little cars, clowns and antique cars which have been a staple for all our parades except the last few years. The politicians run wild but, they need all the help they can get. What happened to all the costumes? Herb
Kevin G. October 27, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Mr. Will Radle you are angering alot of readers by blurting election stuff out on discussion blogs. Stay outta the chats unless you have relevant discussion points and for goodness sake don't turn them all into "Elect Me" forums! Patch is not supposed to be for political advertising and I wish they would pull your remarks as they are very self serving. Almost as annoying as the signs strewn about the county!
Will Radle October 27, 2011 at 07:13 PM
I shared my thanks for the parade and all the work by volunteers and sponsors to put together another spectacular event in Vienna. I also encouraged people to vote on November 8, identified myself as a candidate and shared how to reach me directly. My plan serves our community's best interests. We will lower real estate taxes from $1.07 to 93 cents while increasing our investment in our community's highest priorities by $273 million annually. We will directly benefit 135 of 136 localities throughout Virginia. How do you see this as self-serving? Wally, you and your family will directly benefit from my plan. It has been vetted by state and local budget directors. A. Will Radle, Jr. Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com
Rex Turner October 27, 2011 at 08:55 PM
The Mustang club had four 65-72 Mustangs in the parade. It's really hard to get people to bring out their 40 plus year old cars in rush hour traffic on wet roads to drive in a very slow parade. Nonetheless I had a great time as always and will be back in my 1972 Mustang next year and perhaps my daughter can drive my other Mustang too.
Erica R. Hendry October 27, 2011 at 09:45 PM
Letting your daughter drive the other Mustang? Now that's a good Dad!
Erica R. Hendry October 27, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Herb, most of those things you mentioned were captured in our video, which just went up here: http://vienna.patch.com/articles/video-halloween-comes-to-maple-ave#youtube_video-8255004. The antique cars and mini cars were particularly fun to watch (along with the Bolivian dancers and the fire they carried on their headpieces!)
KEA October 28, 2011 at 12:55 PM
If your impression of the parade is based on these photos, then shame on you. Politicians are always at parades, and the behavior of ours (from both sides) at this parade has always been impeccable. As an expression of our community, and as filled as it is with wonderful stuff from businesses, schools, and organizations of all sorts, the Vienna Halloween Parade can't be beat. I've lived here 14 years, and for 14 years, we've hosted a Chili open house before walking down to the parade route. It's one of my favorite things about this community. I hope you'll reconsider and join us next year.
Ann Martin October 28, 2011 at 10:13 PM
PLEASE No More Political Candidates. Recommend Parade Committee goes back to the political candidate participation policy of the 1980s. One Town Government Float; One Republican Float; One Democratic Float. All candidates to ride on the float. A candidate could enter a float as long as it followed the theme of the parade. No walking "gangs"/ No candidates in cars/ No Strolling down the parade route! Parades are to be entertaining! I have NEVER voted for someone because they were in the Vienna Halloween Parade. Please take the politicians out of the parade.

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