Photos: Vienna Hosts 66th Annual Halloween Parade

Santa Claus serves as grand marshal in the annual parade

Vienna celebrated its 66th annual Halloween Parade on Wednesday with Santa Claus serving as grand marshal for the parade themed "Celebrating Holidays Around the World."

A panel of judges will hand out awards in the following categories: Youth Band, Float with Music, Youth Performer, Antique/Classic Vehicle, Adult Band, Float without Music and Adult Performer. The awards ceremony will be hosted 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Town Hall before the Vienna Town Council meeting.

Until the official ceremony, click here to check out state Sen. Chap Petersen's picks as his favorites on his Ox Road South blog. Feel free to tell us your favorites in the comments section below.

Want to see what you missed? The entire Vienna Halloween Parade will be available on DVD for $10. Copies can be reserved online at www.viennava.gov. Those interested can also fill out an order form at the Vienna Community Center at 120 Cherry Street SE before 5 p.m. Nov. 2.

For more information, contact the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360.

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DD October 26, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I saw something similar happen to a bunch of younger kids in Romeney t-shirts. I don't care what a person's politics are, Republican, Democrat, whatever--nobody should be booing kids. That's just wrong.
Bubba Gump October 26, 2012 at 04:16 PM
That gap in front of the first group of Bolivian(?) dance group had to be at least 1/3 mile - it took the parade staff a long time to send somebody down there to speed them up, which they eventually did. We also ended up leaving after 2 hrs or so and feel bad for participants at the end of the line. The town really should ban the politicians (nobody gets anything out of that and it would speed up) AND try and keep the pace up.
Bubba Gump October 26, 2012 at 04:19 PM
oh and yes, that gone with the wind thing was horribly offensive....who's idea was that and why did the parade organizers not pull that one out? Was that somebody who thinks vienna is still in 1920? Face it the town is a whole lot more diverse than that...
R. October 26, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Holidays theme or no, having Santa as the Grand Marshall was way wrong. How about, since it is/was the HALLOWEEN parade, having Casper the Friendlty Ghost or a Halloween related figure as Grand Marshall? I guess that would make too much sense!
R. October 26, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Charm??? Hardly! If politiicans or Vienna want to have an Election Day parade, then and only then would politicians be appropriate. I am way tired of Republicans and Democrats distracting from the holiday for their own ambitious purposes. Town of Vienna -- please take note ---Make next year's parade a true Halloween parade and get rid of all the politicians!


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