What has become the tremendously successful annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Rick’s Chevron.
The full route will take a little over an hour to walk. Rick’s Chevron is at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.
This is the sixth year for the parade. Last year it ended with the ceremonial opening of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park – yes, our new park is a year old! – and that’s where it will end this year, too.
Here’s the flyer, if you want to print it out (you’ll need to click through twice): parade flier_2014
Big kids, little kids, furry ones too – show off your costume while parading the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Rain or Shine — so dress appropriately and carry an umbrella.
In previous years the parade has drawn well over 100 neighbors (and numerous furry dogs). This year’s attendance may be weather dependent (70 50 80 60! percent chance of rain).
From the organizers:
If you live along the route and want to hand out treats, we ask you bring any goodies to the sidewalk so trick-or-treating can keep moving along the route. If you don’t live along the route and would like to hand out treats, meet us at the end of the parade at the park. How many participants? Plan on 150, although the weather will no doubt affect that number.
• If you choose to not walk the entire route, please don’t cross the street in the middle of the block; cross at the corners.
• Maple Leaf Ace Hardware has two doors that we go in and out of, but there are stairs here. In the past, some parents said they would have liked to have been told about having the negotiate the stairs, so — be warned!
• We have asked the businesses we will be trick-or-treating at to please bring their treats outside to make the parade go smoother, but when they do this they need to take a person away from serving their customers, so if we can keep the pace of the parade moving forward and not spread out too much, this is polite to our neighborhood businesses.