New Orleans' Halloween Parade can be surpassed only by Mardi Gras celebrations. Halloween is one of the favorite holidays here, and not just a chance for kids to go trick-or-treating. The parade is held on the Saturday before Halloween with full size floats moving through the French Quarter. The Krewe of Boo started the parade in 2007, and it has gradually evolved into a major event that shouldn't be missed. Amazing and colorful floats are designed and built by Kern Studios. The best marching bands are entertaining huge audiences who come to watch the action.
Parade participants usually throw some parade souvenirs to the public. It can be food items and collectables, ranging from medallion beads Elmer's Cheewees and even Aunt Sally's Pralines. The parade begins on Elysian Fields Avenue in the Marigny and enters the French Quarter on N. Peters Street. It goes up Canal until Dauphine Street where it turns around and heads back down to Tchoupitoulas Street, finishing close to the Convention Center. The parade is followed by a costume party, the Monster Mash. There is plenty of music and entertainment. The party is free for Krewe members, but others need to purchase tickets. Costumes are required, of course.
New Orleanians are very good at designing imaginative and crazy-looking costumes. So it's a must visit place on Halloween. This city is so rich in mystical history that it is widely known as “The Most Haunted City in America.” The French Quarter hosts a number of Voodoo shops dedicated to centuries-old spiritual practices. Marie Laveau, the High Priestess of 19th century New Orleans, is probably the most famous ghost of the city. There are also many costume shops all around the French Quarter.