The Halloween Gathering organizers respond to overwhelming support from artistic community

Meeting called to facilitate requests to participate in inaugural parade

Aug 20, 2015, 09:00 ET from Chicago Cultural Mile Association

CHICAGO, Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to an overwhelming response and with just two months before its first-of-its-kind Halloween celebration, the Chicago Cultural Mile Association is hosting a public meeting for additional cultural organizations interested in participating in The Halloween Gathering Procession.  The meeting will be held on August 24th in the Studebaker Theatre in the Fine Arts Building at 410 South Michigan.  The presentation begins promptly at 6 p.m. and will be followed by an informal cocktail reception from 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

The Halloween Gathering will be held on Saturday, October 24th and will draw together members of Chicago's world-renowned artistic community as well as aspiring performers for an event unlike the city has ever experienced before. To date over 60 organizations from Chicago's diverse cultural community are involved.

The Halloween Gathering event will officially begin at 2:00 p.m. with The Halloween Gathering Festival. Parks and institutions along the Chicago Cultural Mile will be alive with family-friendly activities.

The Halloween Gathering Procession will begin at 6:00 p.m.on Columbus Drive and will travel from Balbo to Monroe.  The Procession will showcase Chicago's vast and diverse creative community in a parade filled with spectacle, illumination, music and performance. 

"We are calling on members of Chicago's artistic community to help promote Halloween as the artist's holiday," according to Sharene Shariatzadeh, Executive Director of the Chicago Cultural Mile Association.  "Moreover, we are promising participants and revelers a live Halloween experience like nothing they have experienced before," she said.

"The Procession will be full of elements that trigger the imagination, illuminate the soul and appeal to the kid in all of us.  Those in attendance will be enveloped in an atmosphere where hundreds of performers reach into their imaginations and perform and celebrate the spirit of Halloween," Shariatzadeh added.

"Chicago is a city with unparalleled depth of artistic communities and endeavors. This event seeks to harness their energy and celebrate the contributions they make to Chicago and to the world.  This will be a parade like no other," she concluded.

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John Pastuovic



SOURCE Chicago Cultural Mile Association