Q: Will the parade be canceled for bad weather? A: No. We've paraded in slain, rain and snow... the parade must go on! However, for the health and safety of our Pumpkin King mascot, he may not show if the weather is too windy or wet.
Q: Is there a signup form to participate? A:No. All you have to do is get in costume and show up at 9:30 pm on Center street next to Beery Field. Our volunteers will get you lined up and spaced.
Q: Are motorized vehicles allowed? A: No. No motorized vehicles are allowed for safety reasons. We have a lot paraders in costumes that lack good peripheral vision. However, some of the best group costumes we have had, were walking floats. You're welcome to roll on wheels, just not motorized.
Q: Is it okay to throw candy or pass things out to the crowd? A: No. The issue with this is... adults don't pick it up, our Department of Public Works crew does. They are the first city employees on scene before the parade and the last to leave, so we like to treat them with respect and help keep our streets clean. For that reason we ask that you please DO NOT throw or pass out anything.
Q: Are kids allowed to attend the parade? A: Yes, BUT... parents are cautioned that this parade is FOR ADULTS and may contain very mature costumes for young eyes. It is a free country, so we can't prevent children from attending, but I can tell you to be ready to have a very "adult conversation" with your kids over some of the costumes they may see. Kids should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Q: When did the parade start? A: I wish I knew the answer. I think my mom, Ginger Wilkinson started the parade around 1998, but I have never been able to confirm that with certainty. She started the parade for my father Russell Wilkinson, who always wanted a nighttime torch parade.