NORTHALSTED — Haunted Halsted, a Halloween parade and costume awards show, is returning this weekend after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.
The 24th annual Haunted Halsted parade kicks off 6 p.m. Sunday from the corner of Halsted Street and Aldine Avenue.
Grand marshals Batty Davis, a local drag queen, and Matthew Rodrigues, host of NBC5’s “Chicago Today,” will lead the parade through Northalsted, Chicago’s landmarked LGBTQ enclave. It will end at the intersection of Halsted Street and Waveland Avenue.
The parade will feature fire performers from the Chicago Full Moon Jam, people from the Windy City Jeep Club and the GoodBus mobile soundstage, according to a press release.
A stage will be set up at Waveland and Broadway, where the costume awards show will begin at 7 p.m. Registration for the contest is free and available online or earlier in person 5-6 p.m.
Costume contest participants can sign up for one of several categories: scary, drag, creative, cosplay, youth under 13 and group costumes of less than six people. First-place winners in each category will get $500, while runners up will win $250.
A seventh contest for groups of six or more people will award $1,000 to the first-place group and $500 to the runner-up.
The awards show will also feature performances from the all-girl cover band Catfight.
More information on Haunted Halsted can be found on the Northalsted Business Alliance’s website.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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