The downtown Cleveland streets were packed with children, and adults, all dressed in costumes for Tuesday night's Halloween Block Party.Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland estimated just over 23,000 were in …
The downtown Cleveland streets were packed with children, and adults, all dressed in costumes for Tuesday night's Halloween Block Party.
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland estimated just over 23,000 were in attendance. Many stayed throughout the event, while others came from trick-or-treating on Centenary Avenue. It was the 30th anniversary of the Block Party and Centenary Avenue has had special trick-or-treating in the years before the Block Party became a regular event.
"It was another wonderful, exciting event, and we appreciate all who attended and, of course, our sponsors and vendors," said MainStreet Cleveland Executive Director Sharon Marr.
After checking out the line of children on "Treat Street," lining Church Street in front of the Cleveland Police Services Center to Second Street, then west to Broad Street, she had to agree with the mayor's estimation.
"Treat Street" was sponsored, as was the costume contest, by M&M Mars. Winners in the costume contest received trophies and bags of Starburst.
"We really want to thank M&M Mars for the company's commitment to the Block Party again this year," Marr said. In addition to the costume contest, the local plant passed out around 10,000 bags of candy to children.
It was difficult to determine what costume was the most popular at the Block Party. For girls, Wonder Woman appeared to be seen the most at the event, while guys were often dressed as the clown in the movie "It."
There were lots of "Guardians of the Galaxy" characters at the Block Party, but when asked their name, most said "I am Groot."
Many attended the Block Party not to get candy, but to listen to the bands. The Answer Band closed the party, which began with Convertibull near the Back Alley Gallery. In between, music was featured from the Sullivan Band.
One problem at the party was quickly resolved, with a child being separated from his parents and walking to the Missing Children booth. The parents were eventually located and picked up their son.
"With these numbers, you never know what might happen, but it was a very uneventful situation at the party this year," Marr said. "I think everyone enjoyed the evening."
With the fire in October at the Bradley County Courthouse, some felt the Block Party might be affected. But, the crowds came and enjoyed the party.
"We will go ahead and start preparing for next year's Block Party, but now it is time to plan for the Christmas activities for Cleveland," Marr added. This year's Christmas parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., and entries are now being accepted to participate in that event.
"It was another wonderful, exciting event, and we appreciate all who attended and, of course, our sponsors and vendors." — Sharon Marr
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