The City of Mebane and Destination Downtown Inc. are partnering to host a pedestrian Halloween Costume Parade for local children and pets on Saturday, October 30 in downtown.
The parade will take place in the streets of Downtown Mebane, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and running through 1:00 p.m.
There will be food trucks present, along with multiple nonprofit pet support organizations. There will also be a magician, juggler and face painter downtown for the event for the kids and pet-friendly treats for the pets.
Mebane Public Library will also be participating in the day’s festivities by hosting story times and a photo booth.
The event will begin at the city parklet off Clay Street, with music and entertainment starting up at 11:00 a.m. and the parade kicking off at 1:00 p.m.
A final map for the parade route has not been set yet, but no streets will be closed off as the parade will take place on the sidewalks.
“The idea came from Destination Downtown who approached the city about running an event separately, and the city said, ‘Well, let’s do this together,’” Mebane Recreation and Parks Director Aaron Davis. “That’s how the idea came about and how the partnership started, and I think that we’ll see more and more of this in the future.”
Kat Mathias, owner of Impulsive Creativity and Destination Downtown treasurer, said this event is the first one in “strengthening partnerships between downtown organizations and the city.”
The parade is also the first pet encouraged event in downtown but pets are required to be on a leash. Davis said this actually is the first city event at which pets are allowed.
Everyone – pets included – is encouraged to dress up, with handmade awards crafted by a local artist to be given to the top costumes.
The event will give downtown businesses the opportunity to participate, as well. The City of Mebane is encouraging all downtown businesses to participate by handing out candy. Contact Mebane’s Main Street Coordinator, Diane Young, to sign up to do so.
“The event’s concept, with the parade portion, is that businesses will be handing out candy or other goodies to the parade participants, and all downtown businesses are encouraged to participate,” Davis said.
The idea was hatched to try and get more of Mebane’s population to attend the city’s events, especially as Mebane’s demographics are increasingly changing.
“Mebane has a changing demographic, so that we have pet parents and parents of young children,” Mathias said. “We want to be able to include the entire Mebane community in the events going forward.”
Be on the lookout for more information on the Halloween Costume Parade in the coming days from the Mebane Recreation and Parks social media pages (@cityofmebanerec on Instagram, @CityofMebaneRec on Twitter and Mebane Recreation and Parks Department on Facebook).