Boystown's Legendary Halloween Parade

The legendary Halloween Parade on North Halsted went under the big top this year for a twisted take on the circus theme.  Now in its 17th year, this beloved annual event kicked off at 8 p.m. with spectators and costumed revelers lining North Halsted St. from Belmont to Addison in Boystown on Thursday, Oct. 31. 

The parade route was filled with circus sideshows ranging from acrobats to aerialists and fire-eaters to freaks. New this year was the crowning of costume contest winners before the parade started. Winners in each of the five categories (drag, group, original, scariest and pet) were then invited to ride a float through the parade route.  They also received prize packages valued at more than $2,000 that included gift certificates to local businesses and overnight getaways.

The Halsted Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Northalsted Business Alliance and draws thousands of participants and spectators to the Lakeview neighborhood.

(Thanks to Bill Pritchard of www.ChicagoPride.com for this info with photos by Anthony Meade.  This website is THE go-to-place for all LGTB news and events! To see more of these creative costumes, click here!)

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