Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade lights up State Street for first time

LUMA8, producer of the annual Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade, and partners Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District will host this year's parade tomorrow, October 20 (from 6-8 pm). This magical nighttime Halloween procession will have a new route this year, marching down State Street with magical costumes, spectacle, music, dance and more on display as the parade winds down State St. traveling south from Lake St. to Van Buren St.

The procession will include more than 90 contingents ranging from notable organizations like Lookingglass Theatre Company and Second City, to guilds of artists like the film-makers contingent organized by CineSpace Chicago/CineCares and the Chicago Film Office.

The parade also offers an opportunity for established organizations like the Harris Theater and the Chicago Blackhawks to sponsor less-resourced cultural organizations and neighborhood groups who would not be able to participate without their support.

Additional participants include the Chicago Children’s Museum, Envision Unlimited, Jabberwocky Marionettes, Colombian Fest Chicago, Comparsa Explosiva y Sus Chinelos Magicos and Kaotic Drumline. It will also feature large-scale lanterns of Chicago’s iconic buildings made by local artists.

 LUMA8 (Light Up My Arts) is an independent, not-for-profit dedicated to creating conversations about Chicago that are heard around the world. This is achieved through unique cultural events and experiences, often using light and scale as tools, and by developing innovative ways to amplify the effect of existing arts initiatives. It coordinates the work of public agencies, arts organizations and artists to elevate the cultural life of the city, attract visitors, and ultimately generate economic impact.

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