CEDAR RAPIDS — Peter Durin loves Halloween.
But for him, each year there is something missing. He’s attempting to change that with the first-ever Halloween Parade in Cedar Rapids.
“I have a passion for Halloween and I have five children and every year, Halloween is disjointed, which means there’s nobody getting together — everybody’s doing different things,” he said. “I wanted to bring the whole city of Cedar Rapids together for one big Halloween fest.”
And so, Durin is organizing the parade, which takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday with participants going from NewBo to Czech Village.
“I want this to be not only a parade for the people, but I want all the spectators to come and dress up. I want this to be the biggest costume event ever,” he said. “At the end of the parade, I’m going to be the last guy. I’m going to say, ‘C’mon’ and have all the kids join in with their parents and walk the streets.”
The parade is being organized by Terry-Durin Co., an electrical and telecommunications supply company based in Cedar Rapids, and hosted by Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street District.
Durin was busy Monday making final week preparations for the event.
“This is go time right now,” he said. “We have 52 parade entries. Every time I think I’ve seen it all, somebody sends me a new entry and I say, ‘This is awesome.’ ”
Here is everything you need to know as you prepare to take part or head out.
Q: When is the event?
A: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Q: What is the parade route?
A: Parade starts at the corner of Third Street SE and Ninth Avenue SE. The parade travels down Third Street to 16th Avenue and then turns right and crosses the bridge into Czech Village. The parade ends at C Street SW.
Q: Can I still enter the parade?
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A: Yes. To find a registration form, search “CR Halloween Parade” on Facebook and download the form. Send completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost to participate is $60 for commercial, business or non-public safety government organizations; $35 for nonprofit organizations; $100 for political entries; and free for military, veteran or public safety groups.
Q: Will there be candy?
A: Parade entrants are permitted to hand out, but not throw, candy.
Q: Will awards be given?
A: Yes. Several awards are planned, including “Most Scary,” “Most Creative,” “Kids Choice,” “Best Float” and “Best Walking Entry.” An awards ceremony takes place at 8:45 p.m. on the main stage at NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE.
Q: What else is going on Friday related to Halloween?
A: Here are a few options:
— Face painting from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lot next to Great American Popcorn Co., 1121 Third St. SE.
— Free screening of “Hocus Pocus” at 6 p.m. at NewBo City Market.
— Screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 8:30 p.m. at NewBo City Market. Event is for ages 21 and older. Admission is $20 at the door or $15 in advance at eventbrite.com.
— Jack-O-Lantern Party (bring your best pumpkin) at 6 p.m. at Brewhemia, 1202 Third St. SE.
— Monster Bar Crawl for those 21 and older starting at 9 p.m. at Parlor City Pub & Eatery, 1125 Third St. SE.
Q: Are volunteers needed?
A: Yes. Organizers have hired 16 police officers to help patrol the parade route, but volunteers also are needed. Those wishing to lend a hand should send email to email@example.com.
Q: What is Friday’s weather forecast?
A: It’s still early, but the initial forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a low around 30 degrees.
Q: Where can I get more info?
A: Call (319) 364-4106 or search for “CR Halloween Parade” on Facebook.
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