Princesses, superheroes and even a little Kim Jong Un descended on Logan Circle in search of candy and other treats this weekend.
About 400 kids and adults marched from Logan Circle NW to Stead Park as part of the 5th Annual Little Goblins Parade on Saturday afternoon. Most of the little revelers and their parents spent much of their time on the 1400 block of P Street NW, where Whole Foods, Number Nine and other businesses handed out Halloween goodies.
“It’s unique and different,” Number Nine general manager Ben Gander said of the parade as he handed out cookies to trick-or-treaters. “It’s fun to see all the kids in costumes.”
Joelle Myers, a co-founder of the parade, said the trick-or-treating, costumed children and entertainers from the Blue Styles Brass Band made the afternoon “magical.”
“The parade grows in different ways each year and at the core it’s community building and bringing families together, highlighting what an awesome neighborhood Logan Circle is to raise a family,” she said.
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Goblins hungry for candy are plotting take over Logan Circle next weekend, all in the spirit of Halloween.
The 5th Annual Little Goblins Parade will fill the streets with children with their parents on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. The crowd will begin its slow march at Logan Circle, then walk along the 1400 block of P Street NW. (Click here to view the full parade route.)
Employees from businesses along the block will hit the sidewalks and pass out candy to participants aged anywhere from 12 months to 10 years old.
Parade organizers Joelle Myers and Evelyn Boyd Simmons have planned the event together since its inception and have watched it grow every year. This year, they’re expecting a crowd of about 400, including kids, parents, grandparents and dogs.
Executing an event of this size takes the collaboration of community organizations, area businesses and key sponsors like TD Bank and Whole Foods. Volunteers and the members of the Metropolitan Police Department also help the parade run smoothly.
“This is an event that has been growing and evolving right along with the community,” Simmons said. “Our goal is to have it become institutionalized and a tradition in Logan Circle.”
One of the most significant changes made this year is that the parade route will be reversed. Marchers will gather in Logan Circle around 12:45 p.m. and end in Stead Park, where activities and live entertainment will keep the festivities going at Stead Park.
“With dance groups and music, this year we really wanted to have entertainment for kids, by kids,” Myers said. “It’s amazing to see how the community comes together, so we changed the entertainment to maintain the interest of everyone who attends.”
No matter how big the parade gets or how much it changes as the years go on, Myers and Simmons hope to keep their original purpose in mind.
“It’s a great way for kids and their families to really enjoy Halloween,” Myers added. “That’s just something we really want to continue bringing to the community and making it better and better.”
Myers said that she’s searching for five more volunteers to “wrangle” goblins, hand out candy at Whole Foods and Lululemon on P Street and generally monitor the crowd. Click here for more information on how to volunteer.
Photos courtesy of Little Goblins Parade
During the parade, which begins on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m., little ones dressed in colorful costumes will walk from Logan Circle to the 1400 block of P Street NW in search of treats. With candy in hand, the tiny revelers will move on to Stead Park in search of music, dancing and games.
Volunteers will ensure parade participants traverse the route safely and happily. Those who want to help out can contact event organizer Evelyn Boyd Simmons via e-mail.
Photo via Facebook.com/LCCA.D