LEXINGTON, Ky. (9/27/13) – The dead came alive Thursday night at the Barrel House on 903 Manchester St., where rehearsals were in full force for Lexington's Thriller and Halloween Parade.
Lexingtonians joined together to practice the Thriller dance for the parade, which will take place downtown on Oct. 26, with a rain date on Oct. 27.
The parade was originally just the Thriller Parade, but spurred into a much larger event. Mecca Live Studio and Gallery began the parade as a funny idea over cocktails, said dance instructor Melissa Smyth. But, after an extraordinary turnout of over 3,000 spectators for the first parade, it is now partnered with the Lexington Parks and Recreation as the Thriller and Halloween Parade.
“We're hoping to make the Halloween parade really big and festive like New York,” said Smyth, adding that prior to the parade, there was nothing going on in Lexington for Halloween. “Our goal is to have it last all day and then a big party at night. We're getting there.”
Teresa Rakes has participated in the parade for the past few years. She said the fun she has brings her back each year.
“We're having a good time. It's fun for everybody,” said Rakes, adding she will participate in the parade until she cannot do it anymore.
Dance rehearsals will happen up until the parade on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Barrel House. They'll take place on Saturdays at the Carver Community Center at 522 Paterson St. from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the exception of Oct. 5. There is a $10 registration fee for rehearsals and participating in the entire event. Children 12 and under are free.
Anyone is invited to participate, but you most attend at least one rehearsal to participate in the parade. For more information, visit www.meccadance.com/thriller.
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