One of my favorite events in Baltimore is the Great Halloween Lantern Parade, held the Saturday before Halloween in Patterson Park. Organized by the Creative Alliance, the parade takes place just after sundown and features wonderfully bizarre illuminated displays, children showing off the lanterns they made at one of the many workshops leading up to the event, and my absolute favorites of any Baltimore parade, marching bands with drumlines and drill teams.
The New Baltimore Twilighters Marching Band was especially impressive. The drums boomed across the park and the drill team brimmed with energy and ferocity.
Along with the drumlines, a Day of the Dead float featured a mariachi band and a New Orleans style brass band brought up the rear.
The floats ranged from the creepy to the cute and the darkness of the surrounding park was the perfect setting for the luminous parade.
Even after the parade passed me by on its route around the park, the drums could be heard pounding through the air. If you’ve never been to this parade, mark your calendar now for next year. You won’t regret it.