Open Streets Emory Village celebrated its fifth year on October 29, creating a gathering spot for neighborhood families looking to explore different types of movement. Despite a freakishly warm autumn, temperatures barely made it out of the 30s that Sunday afternoon. But the enthusiasm was hot!
The afternoon kicked off at 2 with the second annual Halloween Parade, led by DeKalb Commissioner Jeff Rader as Grand Marshall. Members of the Druid Hills High School Band provided an energetic soundtrack as a procession of little princesses, Pooh Bears, warriors, piglets, mermaids, and Batmen joined in the fun before diving into “trunk or treating” in the Slice & Pint parking lot. Glenn Memorial Church members appeared for the first time at Open Streets, elaborately decking out their car trunks so each child could experience a Halloween wonderland.
Circus performers and acrobats from OPA Imperial Circus delighted the crowds with their tricks, roving through the crowd to stay warm. A few smart businesses offered hot cider and toddies outdoors.
Other highlights of the day included:
- The Dog Costume Contest, judged by Commissioner Rader and Senator Elena Parent
- Touch a Truck with DeKalb County’s SWAT team, police motorcycle and firetruck and
- An amazing dance performance by the Silver Classic Crew.
Throughout the day, the Plaza was alive with music from The Gathering Band, the Journeyman’s Band, the Glenn Youth Choir, and Rocket 88.
Much appreciation goes to our volunteers: Becky Evans, Sarah Banick, Mark and Marlene Goldman, Melissa Fishbein, Donna Shapiro, Judy Wood, Mary Eccard, Dave Moore, Nathan Hartman, Abby Shefer, Don Walter, Russ Yates, Jean Welsh, Van Biesel, Clarke Weeks, and Jay Johnson. Neighbor and professional photographer Lisa Hill captured the afternoon through her photos.
Many thanks to everyone who provided activities as well as our sponsors who made it all possible. Please support our business sponsors.