It is with both sadness and relief that I write to announce that the Shoestring Theater will no longer present the Annual West End Halloween Parade. After over 30 years directing the event the theater feels it can no longer fullfil the safety conditions the city requires.
We have always done this annual event as a volunteer neighborhood celebration. And as it has now grown to include participants from all over the city and surrounding areas we can not provide the security and structure needed for such a large event. While we have hoped and asked other neighborhood groups to assist or take over the event this has not happened. So we regret to say: No more halloween parade.
We would like to acknowledge all those who have helped over the years especially Learning Works , Youth In Action. The Fresh Approach, Neighborhood Policing, Americore and all our faithful puppeteers from the West End.