FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Temporary road closures Saturday afternoon for the Parade and festivities
ANAHEIM, Calif. (October 23, 2013) Anaheim’s traditional Fall Festival and Halloween Parade will take place on Saturday, October 26, and will feature a number of activities for the entire family. The Fall Festival, a longtime tradition in Anaheim, will take place along Center Street in Downtown Anaheim from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Residents and visitors are invited to participate in the free events, including costume contests for humans as well as their doggie friends, trick-or-treating, food, games, crafts, a pumpkin patch, a haunted house, live performances on two stages, and of course, the traditional Anaheim Halloween Parade.
The 89th annual Anaheim Halloween Parade will begin at 6 p.m. and will be lead by the first participant, the headless horseman. This year’s Halloween Parade will feature two Grand Marshals. First up will be Dr. William Kott, a longtime Anaheim resident and war hero. Dr. Kott was awarded two Bronze stars at the Battle of the Bulge, was a member of the Anaheim City Council, and as a busy oral and maxillo-facial surgeon served on a variety of medical staffs in and around Anaheim.
Disney’s Minnie Mouse will serve as the second Grand Marshal, and she will be riding in her magnificent carriage. The Parade will also feature movie cars, marching bands, local organizations, and several light-up floats.
This year the Anaheim Halloween Parade has put a nostalgic spin on the event with approximately a dozen new floats that bring back the traditions of the Parade. These floats include a 17-foot-tall haunted house, the “flying sasser,” and a large float featuring “Andy Anaheim.”
The complete schedule for the Fall Festival and Anaheim Halloween Parade is as follows:
11:00 a.m.: Festival opens on Center Street Promenade
11:00 a.m.: Registration for Costume Contest
12:00 p.m.: Costume Contest
1:30 p.m.: Registration for Doggie Costume Contest
3:00 p.m.: Doggie Costume Contest
4:00 p.m.: Center Street Promenade open for trick-or-treaters
5:00 p.m.: Festivities conclude
6:00 p.m.: Halloween Parade
Road closures for the Parade are as follows:
4:00 -11:00 p.m.: South Manchester Ave. will be closed between Lincoln and Santa Ana Street
5:30-11:00 p.m.: Broadway between Walnut St. and Anaheim Blvd.
5:30-11:00 p.m.: Anaheim Blvd. between Oak St. and Elm St.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.