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Canal District to Host “Canalloween” Festival

Monday, October 15, 2012

 

Canalloween is coming to the Canal District in Worcester Saturday, October 27. The Halloween-themed events last all day and into the night, and feature activities that can be enjoyed by all ages.

There will be two "Monster Dashes", a 1k youth run for kids beginning at 2:30 pm and the 5 k for adults beginning at 3 pm. People are encouraged to come dressed in their chosen Halloween costumes for the road race. The 5 k race will start on Temple Street at Harding and end on Temple at Fiddler's Green, looping through Water Street, Green Street, Franklin Street, Main Street, and Foster Street. A Zombie Walk will be held simultaneously on the same course for which people are encouraged to dress as zombies.

The Halloween parade will begin at 4 pm. As of now, bands including the David Prouty High School band, the Meadowlarks from New Bedford, and the Dixieland Jazz Band are known to be marching. In addition, 200 kids from the New England Dance Academy will be marching dressed as zombies. Families are welcome to come dressed in costumes and join in the parade festivities. Pumpkin painting and lessons on pumpkin carving will be available for the kids, and there will also be a scarecrow making workshop at Just Paint on Green Street.

At night, Halloween parties will be being held at over 15 bars and clubs throughout the Canal District and on Green Street. Perfect Game, Gumbo, Blackstone Tap, Mixers, Jose Murphy's, Fusion, Hotel Vernon in Kelley Square, the Banner, Lucky Dog, and Keegan's Pub are among those slated to host various costume and game-filled extravaganzas.

This is the first Canalloween event to be held in Worcester. Last year's had to be cancelled due to the freak Halloween snowstorm, but the organizers have high hopes for the future.

"We hope to build this up into a signature event for Worcester," said Paul Giorgio, one of the organizers of the event. "We think the word is getting out there, and other than Christmas, Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year."

Indeed, plans are already under way for next year.

"We are already beginning to line up bands for next time," said Giorgio.

People are encouraged to register online or by mail for the road race and zombie walk. You can either join with or create a team. Corporate teams, Gym/Health Club teams, YMCA teams and Family teams are encouraged to join up.

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