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The Great Halloween Parade & Festival! Here's what you need to know.

The Great Halloween Parade & Festival! Here's what you need to know.
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This is a celebration of color and light! A family festival and parade with hayrides, lantern making, bands, food trucks, beer, hot drinks, stiltwalkers, dancers, & more! Everyone is welcome to enjoy the festival, make a lantern, and march in the parade!

Saturday October 25th
Patterson Park around the Pulaski Monument

3:30pm Festival Begins - The Manly Deeds
4:00pm Kids Costume Contest - Registration at 3:30pm
5:15pm Sac Au Lait
6:30pm Parade Line-up | Boat Lake
7:00pm Parade Start
8:15pm Grand Finale
8:30pm GLOWBALL After Party & Costume Contest! ($) at Creative Alliance (9pm bands)

PARADE RAIN DATE: Sunday October 26th (Glowball will still happen on Saturday)


Families are encouraged to watch the parade and finale from inside the Pulaski Monument - don't let the fence stop you!
The beer garden will have a great view of the main stage and the parade returning to the monument.
The VIP Tent located inside the Pulaski Monument is right next to the main stage. VIP tickets are available through The Gathering.
A great view of the entire city and the parade is along Ellwood Ave at the top of the hill in the annex park.

BUS 10 to Linwood Ave. drops you right at the festival.
and lock it up on bike racks at entrance of beer garden on festival site!
PARK in the 550 S Eaton St garage and take the FREE shuttle from 4-9pm.

After the parade finale join us back at Creative Alliance for the Glowball! The band kicks off at 9pm and performs two big sets with a full horn section - a super danceable mash up of Baltimore funk and New Orleans party music. The costume contest is happens between sets - win free tickets to The Patterson, date night packages and more!


We have been gearing up for the Lantern Parade all month with workshops at Creative Alliance and in the community. Hundreds of families, community groups, and artists have been readying their lanterns for the big day! We can't wait to see all of their luminous creations this Satuday!

Welcoming Josh Kohn, Creative Alliance Performance Director!

Welcoming Josh Kohn, Creative Alliance Performance Director!
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Creative Alliance is thrilled to welcome Josh Kohn, our newly appointed Performance Director. Josh has been working in the arts for more than a decade, specializing in curating powerful live performance experiences and meaningful community dialogue.  Kohn replaces Megan Hamilton, who is cofounder of Creative Alliance and has been the Performance Director for over 20 years.

Previously serving as Program Officer, Jazz and Traditional Arts at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Kohn has managed a diverse portfolio of programs, including the French-American Jazz Exchange, the Folk Arts Outreach Project, and the Jazz Touring Network. Through these programs, he has convened regional West African griots to discuss issues facing their community in the African Diaspora, reinvigorated a network of regional presenters to organize tours for a vast spectrum of jazz artists, fostered a collaboration between D.C. lindy hop and Harlem swing dancers, and facilitated a grant program to strengthen the connection between French and American jazz musicians.

In 2012, Kohn launched a partnership with American Routes, a weekly public radio program out of Tulane University, and organized tours to China for an array of musicians. The partnership has so far produced tours for New Orleans jazz players, Montana cowboy singers, Cajun musicians, and sacred steel gospel artists. Previously, Kohn worked for the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) where he oversaw the artistic programming of 16 large-scale, multi-cultural festivals that brought everything from D.C. go-go to Inuit throat singing to five cities across the United States.  He also co-managed the NCTA’s traditional arts touring program and produced radio pieces mining the NCTA Archive of Sound Recording. Kohn’s field recordings have been featured on releases by Arhoolie Records, and he has contributed to the arts travel guide “Music of the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of Virginia.”
Kohn is a former Fellow with the Devos Institute of Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and most recently, he has helped conceive and launch the outdoor contemporary dance performance event “TICKS.”
Creative Alliance Managing Director Gina Caruso says, “We are sad to say goodbye to Megan, who is a cultural icon here in Baltimore. As cofounder and Performance Director, she has given this wonderful organization so much of her energy and creativity for more than two decades; however, Megan was part of the hiring committee, and Josh was her first choice from the very beginning. Until Megan leaves in November, Josh will work closely with her. We’re relieved that we found such a highly qualified, knowledgeable, charismatic candidate with all the 21st century skills he’ll need to keep up with the heavy, demanding pace we have here at Creative Alliance. He also has a great sense of humor, plus a collaborative spirit, which means he’ll fit in well here!”
Cofounder and Performance Director Megan Hamilton gives Kohn the following endorsement: “I am WHOLLY confident I am leaving Creative Alliance with the absolute BEST possible performance director. Josh’s relationships with artists and agents across this country and his intense commitment to getting to know Baltimore will offer rich opportunities for Baltimore performers and help grow CA performances to a whole new level. I can’t WAIT to see what he does and am excited to introduce him around!” 

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