If you’re an event planner a weather day such as last Saturday’s could cause you to reconsider your profession. For the first time in memory a steady, cold rain put the kibash on both the kids’ and pet Halloween parades. After that regrettable but necessary decision, sponsors and organizers were in constant contact throughout the day about what to do about Saturday night’s adult costume contest extravaganza. It was touch-and-go right up until 7 p.m. (the costume contest was due to start at 8), as they wondered if the drizzle would stop in time to safely plug in the lights and sound system so the show could go on.
But that wasn’t to be and CWE North CID’s Kate Haher & Erica Lembo, as well as the event’s producers Dennis Gorg and Frances Thompson decided that the party would go on, just not onstage. They invited attendees to come to the CWE and party in the bars and restaurants. Judges then roamed among the crowd and awarded those with the best costumes prize money or CWE Bucks. It wasn’t the same as we have come to expect of this great event, but it made the best of a challenging situation and those who came out seemed to have a good time anyway.
Here are a few photographs from the evening:
Thanks to Kate Haher and Erica Lembo of the CWE North CID, Maryland Plaza’s Frances Thompson, Dennis Gorg, and everyone else who spent the last few months planning this year’s event. This is one for the record books, and hopefully the last time rain spoils the parade.
More photos can be found on CWEScene’s Instagram page.
The weather couldn’t have been prettier Saturday morning when neighborhood families and visitors from all over the St. Louis area gathered at The McPherson’s parking lot for the annual CWE Halloween parade. Led by Shriners’ parade cars and Cinderella in a horse-drawn carriage, they paraded down Euclid to the Main Stage at Maryland Plaza where they participated in some dance moves, and then dispersed to trick or treat at neighborhood shops.
Hats off to all of you who support businesses in the Central West End North Community Improvement District. That includes shops, restaurants, Straub’s, The Chase Hotel—all the businesses north of Lindell from Kingshighway east to Euclid along Maryland Plaza and McPherson, and north to Washington. The extra 1% sales tax you pay on purchases in this area, whether it’s a coffee, card, candle, book, or meal, is reinvested in the community via the CWE North Community Improvement District. The funds are used for beautification, street cleaning, security patrols, and numerous events throughout the year, such as Saturday’s Halloween celebration.
As I observed the many families, pet owners, and the hundreds of people who joined the festivities at Saturday night’s adult costume contest, I felt so proud to be part of a neighborhood that is able to open its arms and share its good fortune with anyone who wants to participate. I don’t think I am alone when I acknowledge that a day spent talking to each other about extremely clever costumes, adorable kids, dolled-up pets, and watching strangers dancing together in the streets, restored my faith in the commonalities among us.
Additional thanks to those who organized the events including Kate Haher, Erica Lembo, Frances Thompson, Dennis Gorg, and many more.
In spite of the weather, spirits were high among the large numbers of people who participated in Saturday’s Halloween events in the Central West End. Morning dawned cold and grey and remained that way throughout the day. Nevertheless, there were still hundreds who participated in both the kids’ and canine costume parades at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively. When night fell a huge crowd gathered around the stage at Maryland and Euclid Avenues as the “legendary” adult costume contest took place. Most stayed late into the night dancing in the streets to DJ Agile One’s beats.
Many thanks to CWE North Community Improvement District, producers Frances Thompson and Dennis Gorg, and sponsors of the day’s activities, including Budweiser, Shriners Hospital for Children, Busey Bank, Washington University Redevelopment Corporation, Lofts@Euclid, Johnny Brock’s, and St. Louis Earth Day.
Families met at 11 a.m. at The McPherson Lot between Euclid and Taylor Avenues.
Several of the costumes were homemade including the elaborate replica of the Titanic, above.
The crew from the Shriners’ Hospital for Children. When I thanked them for their generosity in participating, the man far right said, “Anything for the children.”