Irvington Halloween Festival (Slideshow)
The largest and the oldest Halloween festival in the nation - with over 35 Halloween-related events and 150 vendors - breaks an attendance record.
NUVO was on the scene Saturday for the 65th annual Irvington Halloween Festival. The festival caps off a week of over 35 Halloween related events in the Eastside community. It is the largest and oldest Halloween festival in the nation (we're taking their word for it).
Four blocks of East Washington Street between Arlington and Ritter Avenue were blocked off Saturday for the event; over 150 vendors set up tents and sold food, artwork and the unusual. The festival began at 10 a.m. with the annual Pleasant Run Run 5 mile race and ended with a parade of costumed participants down Washington Street led by an honor guard, fire engine and marching band.
A variety of other events took place throughout the day including a window painting contest, musical performances on multiple stages, visits from mayoral candidates Melina Kennedy and Mayor Greg Ballard, a costume contest and a bicycle polo match.
The 65-year-old festival draws five to ten thousand people each year, and at four o’clock it was announced that the previous record for attendance had been broken.