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Leesburg Kiwanis Now Selling White House Christmas Ornaments
11/15/2016
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Get your 2016 White House Christmas ornaments from the Leesburg Kiwanis. $20...

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Join the Halloween Fun at the Leesburg Kiwanis Halloween Parade
10/31/2016

Loudoun County's premier parade is coming on October 31--the 60th annual...

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Kiwanis and Halloween Go Together

For 59 years the Leesburg Kiwanis club has sponsored the annual Halloween parade in Leesburg. This year will be our 60th anniversary.

Come out on Monday, October 31, in costume if you like, to watch high school and music school bands, decorated floats, classic cars, police, fire, and rescue units, animals, and more. Just line the route anywhere on King Street between Ida Lee Park and Safeway to be entertained and get some treats (CANDY). The biggest crowds are north of Market Street and near Safeway; near Loudoun Street is a good place to get a better view and easier access to candy.

Want to register to be in the parade? Download the essential information; then submit an application. We ask all participants to keep in mind that this is a Halloween parade first and foremost—decorated floats, costumed participants, and passing out lots of treats to thousands of viewers of all ages. Whatever you do, respect the parade’s sole purpose, and keep it moving--our viewers don't like the parade to get too long, especially on a school night, and gaps between units for political and business promotion is a big cause.

Here are some pictures from last year.

Belmont Ridge Players White Christmas Cast--Best Float

Cycle Luv's crew--Most Creative

Cycle Luv Crew--Most Creative

Best Friends Pet Service--Best Interpretation of the Halloween Theme

Best Friends Pet Service--Best Interpretation of Halloween Theme

See the Events Photo Album page for more Kiwanis Halloween parade pictures!

 

The Kiwanis Club of Leesburg Virginia, founded by local business leaders in March, 1957, is an organization of volunteers--business people, professionals, government workers, moms and dads, and retirees--dedicated to serving Loudoun County one child and one community at a time.

The club is best known for the annual Halloween parade that it sponsors in Leesburg. Every Halloween since 1957 children of all ages watch police, fire, and rescue units, high school marching bands, floats, groups, and politicians parade down King Street and pass out candy. In recent years, over 100 participating units delight an estimated 10-15,000 people with floats, marching bands, groups of all types, and, of course, candy!

We sponsor Key Clubs in five Loudoun high schools including all three Leesburg high schools. Students run these service leadership programs under faculty supervision, learning community service by sponsoring projects that benefit their school and the community at large and receiving valuable leadership training and experience. The Kiwanis club has in the pass taken a group of Key Club members to Richmond, while the legislature is in session to witness state government in action. Students typically meet with the governor or lieutenant governor, assistant attorney general, and both state senators and delegates who represent their families.

Community service is a big part of Kiwanis—we truly serve the children of the world, first and foremost in Loudoun County. In our decades of service we have supported many different organizations. In recent years the club locally supports InterFaith Relief, the Holiday Coalition, INOVA Loudoun Hospital’s Birthing Inn, Mobile Hope, Backpack Buddies, and youth projects. Internationally the club, through personal philanthropy, contributes to the Kiwanis International Foundation service project to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus (EliMiNaTe), a leading killer of infants in less developed areas of the world.