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PHOTOS: Little Five Points Halloween Parade

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The Little Five Points Halloween Parade, where Atlanta gets freaky in a (mostly) family friendly way. Here, James Abele hula hoops. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht.

Here’s what I noticed this afternoon at the Little Five Points Halloween Parade (<<more photos) down Euclid Avenue:

  • The crowd seemed a little smaller, but the parade itself seemed longer.
  • “Thriller” is this year’s Halloween song of choice. If there was music, it was Michael.
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Go-go-dancing, baton-twirling, dress-flapping, hair-bouncing gals of Atlanta.

  • A league of baton twirlers! Why did nobody tell me?! That’s awesome!
  • No ninjas, tons of pirates. Maybe there’s something to this pirate museum after all?
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These fellows walked with the Atlanta Pirate and Wenches Guild.

  • The Seed and Feed Marching Abominable: still charming.
  • The most dominant characters were werewolves on little bikes, lucha libre wrestlers and oversized dragons.
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Doesn't the dragon look just as surprised as the skeleton? Were they not expecting the crowd?

  • As the parade went on, the crowd pressed closer and closer to the center. Kudos to North Atlanta High School Marching Band for getting through it without taking anyone out with a trombone.
  • Children are apparently willing to fight, dart into traffic and maybe die for a piece of Laffy Taffy.
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The most popular folks in the parade: candy tossers. Here, after the catch.

  • Post-parade, the lines for coffee looked much longer than the lines for beer.
  • I didn’t know what a Snallygaster is/was. It sounds like it’s going to become a thing around here.
  • If you weren’t really excited about Halloween before, it’s hard not to be now.
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I hear this parade finale float, featuring the mythical Snallygaster, won first place.

What were your favorite parade moments? Post in the comments!

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Atlanta Rollergirls have skating skills and really fabulous socks.

11 comments Add your comment


October 19th, 2009
3:42 pm

Did anyone see Elton John at the parade. I think it really was him!

James Abele

October 19th, 2009
1:58 pm

I’m the black and white Harelquinn Hula-Hooper. Great photo, thanks for the coverage! feel free to add my name to the copy if you like.


October 19th, 2009
12:39 pm

Thanks for posting your pix. I thought the orange jager girls were adorable. Some of the band floats were cool too. I didn’t get the drunken fratboy float.

Captain of the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons

October 18th, 2009
9:30 pm

Thanks Jim & Jaime! Catching that Snallygaster was tough! Those People for Ethical Snallygaster Treatment facilitated getting it hauled back to Maryland. We heard they’ve had some trouble on 85 N above Winder . . . AND, we are so proud: the gratefully gluttonous Sketeton Krewe won the “Pennywise Prize” for best walking group!

GA Peach

October 18th, 2009
9:13 pm

My faves were Turnin’ TriXXX and the guy who carried the sign that said, ‘God thinks your a douche’ right in front of the Jesus freaks.

Jamie Gumbrecht

October 18th, 2009
3:11 pm

You’re right, Jim, I should’ve mentioned the Snallygaster. It’s now up in the post, and there are links to more photos in the post!

Jim Dakota

October 18th, 2009
2:46 pm

The Yacht Club’s float and the Giant Skeletons were 2 of the highlights of the parade for me that aren’t mentioned here. And, of course, Turning Trixx twirlers and Seed & Feed Marching Abominables were both amazing, as always.

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Jamie Gumbrecht

October 18th, 2009
11:44 am

Thanks! I have a lot more — obviously, it’s a very photogenic event — but am having problems uploading. Much appreciated! :)

Decatur Metro

October 18th, 2009
10:44 am

Great photos Jamie!