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Citrus Heights Howl-o-Ween Parade, festival set for Oct. 20th

Several costume-wearing dogs walk past the parade judges’ booth, during the 2015 Howl ‘O Ween parade.

By Max Burlaka–
The 7th annual Howl-O-Ween parade will again make its way along Auburn Boulevard this Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. near Twin Oaks Avenue and concluding at Rusch Park. The parade will be followed by a free festival at the park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to a news release from the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band, which puts on the parade, this year’s festivities will feature live music and demonstrations, youth groups, clowns, dancers, and “lots of dogs in costumes.” Program Director Kathy Cook said the parade will have about 50 entries and over 500 participants, from children with their pets in costumes to Keystone Cops and U.S. veterans.

Other entries will include floats, marching bands, pageant queens and a special haunted house float built by the Citrus Heights Rotary Club for several City Council members, according to the news release. The parade will also include a 1949 Gibson tractor, antique automobiles and a Freedom Motorcycle Hearse Service. Bringing up the very rear will be Santa Claus and a golf cart sled.

The harvest festival following the parade will include a Kids Zone with games and bounce houses, a marching band food booth, craft and business exhibits, a car show display, and an adoption area sponsored by the Sacramento SPCA.

Live music and entertainment is slated to include various artists and bands, such as the Sacramento Capitolaires Barbershop Chorus and the Capitol City Band. Performances by Citrus Heights Kaia Fit, Star War Characters, Family Taekwondo Plus, and the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band are also planned.

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