Last weekend, the people of Oklahoma City got their trick and their treat. Referred to as, “The best damned party all year long,” organizers just may have hit the nail on the head with that phrase. In just its third year, the “Ghouls Gone Wild” Halloween parade and party has become a party the city, young and old, looks forward to for Halloween.
“This is the best parade I have ever seen,” said Ryan Bond, an Allied Arts supporter who watched the parade from their second floor windows overlooking Broadway Avenue downtown. “The crowd is amazing and I love what events like this do for our community.”
From the crowd, one would think this was the 30th annual parade. In just three years, The Oklahoma Gazette newspaper and The Flaming Lips along with Midtown, downtown Oklahoma City and other organizers and participants, have made the parade the biggest party of the year.
“The parade finale is the best part,” said Jerry Winkle, a Midtown resident. “As if the 1,000 Flaming Skeletons wasn’t cool enough, then you have Wayne Coyne in a big bubble walking down the street; amazing!”
After the parade, the crowds disseminated to Bricktown, some stayed on Automobile Alley and at cafés, restaurants and bars in the Midtown area. There was also an after party with live music, dancing and other entertainment. The Collins Kids, a 50’s Rockabilly group was recognized as the event Grand Marshals.
The City Sentinel would like to extend a very special thanks to Andrea Bair, JD, Senior Development Officer of Allied Arts and her staff for allowing The City Sentinel to photograph the parade from their second floor view. Enjoy the photos and remember, it’s almost time to renew your Allied Arts CityCard.