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Portsmouth Halloween Parade

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Portsmouth, NH 03801–03804

Marching into its 26th year, the Portsmouth Halloween Parade is a grassroots, all-inclusive celebration of community, creativity and free expression that walks, stalks, dances, trumpets and drums its way through downtown Portsmouth each year on October 31st.

To march, meet at Pierce Island at 6, parade begins promptly at 7.

Everyone is invited to dress up, gather at Peirce Island by Prescott Park, and march. No sign-up required.

The Parade is NOT a city-sponsored event. It is entirely funded and put on by the community, which rallies a number of benefits to raise funds to cover expenses of insurance, permits and police escort. Hundreds march in costume, thousands cheer from the sidelines, it’s always a spectacle from either side of the curb.

Parade entrants assume full and complete responsibility for any personal injury and/or property damage that may be sustained or caused during their entrance into the staging area, while in the staging area, or along the parade route.

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(Thanks to Denise Wheeler – a former Grand Marshall and Coven member – for the great photo!)