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Your Guide: Vienna Halloween Parade Tonight

Road closures, tips and maps for the town's annual Halloween tradition

Vienna will celebrate its 66th annual Halloween Parade tonight, during which Santa Claus will serve as grand marshal for the parade's theme "Celebrating Holidays Around the World."

Here's what you need to know if you plan to attend the parade, which begins at 7 p.m.

Can my child walk in the parade?

Children can show off their costumes in the parade. They will line up for the parade at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Virginia Commerce Bank at 374 Maple Avenue E. No registration is required, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Road Closures

Maple Avenue will close between East Street and Lawyers Road between 6:50 and 9 p.m. Portions of several side roads off Maple Avenue will also close, as shown in the detour map in the media box to the right of this article.

Parade Route

The parade route is about .5 miles down Maple Avenue from Branch Road to Center Street. The parade will attract about 35,000 people to downtown Vienna, and wll last between 90 minutes and two hours.

BooRah October 24, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Always a great event for the Town, just a shame so many people put blankets and towels out in the darkness of morning and then don't show up until minutes before the parade. Really makes the entire Town look trashy, not to mention they're impeding sidewalks and business access points in a few spots. A few years ago wind blew tarps and blankets into business parking lots, access roads, and even onto Maple, causing a bit of an issue. Wish the Town would stop the practice of squatting on spots with a towel all day. Seriously people, just show up an hour or two early if it's that important to you; stop being so lazy.
Bring on the parade October 24, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Really... makes the town look trashy to have many people excited for a parade? Sure, it's a bother that it gets crowded and that it is hard to reserve a spot since so many people are early, but generating excitement among the town's citizenry cannot be all too terrible.
Wien October 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
To the first person's point, it wasn't windy today (that I noticed), but there was a chair in a bag and a blanket/tarp that had moved or rolled over to block part of a Walgreens entrance/exit...certainly made for a little gridlock and possibly unsafe maneuvers when people were going in/out. But that's more on people being stupid and setting up far too close to driveways and curbs, which I would remove if I owned a business impacted by it.
Rex Turner October 24, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Look me for me in the 1972 white Mustang convertible :-)

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