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61st annual Halloween parade in Rutland set for Oct. 29

Deadline for float submissions due Oct. 12

RUTLAND—Rutland City Recreation & Parks is excited to celebrate the 61st running of the Rutland City Halloween Parade. This year, the parade will take place Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. throughout downtown Rutland.

“Schools, local businesses, and outside organizations are invited to participate in this beloved Rutland City tradition,” said Kim Peters, the recreation superintendent. “We look forward to seeing all the ghouls, goblins, superheroes, floats, marchers, and more in this year’s parade,” Peters said.

All participating floats will need to review and complete the Halloween parade application packet. A link to the application and more information is available at rutlandrec.com/halloweenparade. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Leading up to the parade, the recreation department will be holding Halloween-themed contests and festivities for children and adults.

Pumpkin Royalty Pageant

The Pumpkin Royalty Pageant is back. Seniors from the greater Rutland area compete for the crown of Pumpkin Royalty king and queen! For more information on how to get involved, email Joe Bonasera at [email protected]

Mystery Jack O’ Lantern  

The Jack O’ Lantern is chosen for its outstanding community involvement. Submissions for Jack O’ Lantern nominations are closed but stay tuned for more information on when and how to submit your best guesses!

Running Scared 5K

Show off your Halloween costumes during this fun run! The race starts and ends in the BROC Community Action parking lot, located near the Amtrak station in downtown Rutland. Prizes from the farmers’ market will be given out for the best costumes and fastest times. Early registration by Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. is $5, and day of registration fees are $10.

Watch from home

This year the Rutland City Halloween Parade will exclusively be shown live on PEGTV Ch. 1075 & VTel Ch. 163. A link to the parade will be made available at a later date. Interested volunteers looking to help with the staging for the parade can email April Cioffi at [email protected] In the event of inclement weather, a rain date for Sunday, Oct. 30 has been set.

For more information about the Halloween Parade and the Rutland Recreation & Parks Department call (802)773-1822 or visit rutlandrec.com.

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