SAVE the DATE!
October 28, 2023
Pre-Parade Madness, Costume Parade & the REALLY BIG BALL!
Help us make our Goal:
$3500 by October 28th
$50 donation - 1 free ticket to the
REALLY BIG BALL!
$200 Donation - 4 free tickets to the REALLY BIG BALL & your name or business on the awesome poster!
(donation must be received before print date of Oct 1st.)
Opeyemi Parham dances as the Celebration Brass Band leads the Gory Daze parade in White River Junction, Vt., on Oct. 27, 2018. Parham, of Easthampton, Mass., describes herself as a Ceremonialist, who uses music and dance to help heal people. (Rick Russell photograph) Rick Russell photographs
In the past, the parade has been funded by community businesses and sponsors. This year we are also asking the community to directly to support the parade via online donation.
The parade started as a fun thing to do amongst a few friends but quickly grew to a large, multi-faceted event once word spread. One especially warm year over 1,000 revelers showed up. We’ve included below a video and some photos of past parades to give you a taste of the event.
Proceeds pay for the musicians who play before the parade (Western Terrestrials), musicians who lead the parade (Brass Balagan), and DJs for the Ball (DJ Chele & DJ GenderEnder). It also pays for insurance, our Hartford Police escorts, posters and advertising!
The Upper Valley is full of creative, talented, fun people! We have a great community and like to celebrate that community. Please help make GORY DAZE fun for everyone if you can!
• Saturday, October 28, 2023
• 6pm-7:45pm Come on over the bridge after Hartford's Trunk or Treat for Family Friendly Pre-Parade Party at the MSM with Western Terrestrials! FREE! with treats included!
• 7:45pm Parade Line-up at The Main Street MUSEUM in Veterans Park
• 8:00pm Parade Departs
• 9:00pm REALLY BIG BALL! Location TBA. This years entertainment is DJ Chele & DJ GenderEnder!
Admission: $10. at the door
ABOUT Pre-PARADE MADNESS
Family Friendly Pre-Parade gathering and dance begins at 3:30pm at the Main Street Museum...
At 6pm(ish) Western Terrestrials takes over the MAIN STAGE. We will have traditional treats and of course, donuts on strings!
ABOUT the PARADE
Every year, on or before Halloween, White River Junction and friends from all over the Upper Valley join together in a home-made costume parade through the village led by the Brass Balagan. Prepare for neon butterflies and fire organs!
This year the parade will start at the Main Street Museum (58 Bridge Street) and parade under the railroad, through the village and end _____(TBA)________ for the REALLY BIG BALL.
Costumes are encouraged and the more home grown the better! Hand pushed floats are also welcomed. The parade is great for kids and adults alike.
ABOUT THE REALLY BIG BALL
What we know so far...DJ's Chele & GenderEnder are in the house! and some REALLY BIG BALLS!
The parade starts across the street from The Main Street Museum, winds its way around downtown. The roads are flat, paved with no steep inclines. The parade loops around town and usually takes about 45 minutes.
Click HERE for some great photos in the Valley News a few years back!
Video - Filmmaker Ben Silberfarb made a beautiful video of the parade a few years ago.
2023 Sponsors So Far!
2022 photos by Kim Sousa and Jon Gilbert Fox