Fall fun lovers from around Northern Virginia descended on Maple Avenue Oct. 24 to witness – and for some, take part in – the annual Vienna Halloween Parade.
Thousands of people lined the parade route, which took participants west before turning south on Center Street toward Waters Field. The weather was cool but clear, allowing spectators a gentle taste of autumn.
Michelle Scott, who later this year will step down as executive director of the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna, served as the parade’s grand marshal. Scott appeared dressed as a French artist – complete with pencil-thin mustache – and rode atop a convertible with Buddy, her pug-Pekingese mix.
Local, state and federal government officials also either walked the route, were ferried in convertibles or pickup trucks, or waved from the back of a flatbed truck. Vienna Town Council members and their families chose that last option.
Public-safety agencies kept up the excitement and cacophony by turning on their vehicles’ flashing lights and sirens and executing maneuvers on motorcycles. Marching bands, bagpipe groups and dance troupes also added their music to the mix.
Groups rode down the roadway on exotically decorated floats featuring everything from King Kong towering over a skyline and a percussion group pounding away on xylophones to – perhaps scariest of all – an Elton John impersonator belting out pop tunes.
Costumed children and parents watched the parade while sitting on curbside blankets and many marched past the grandstand.
Notable outfits this year included a man in a massively muscled weight-lifter getup, compete with oversized barbell; a couple dolled up as a red London phone booth and the Eiffel Tower; an assortment of “Star Wars” and superhero characters; a puppeteer on stilts manipulating two people as marionettes; a helmet-wearing girl poised to be shot out of a circus cannon; and a couple wearing frightening clown masks as they rode with their motorcycle club.