View Full Version : Vienna Halloween Parade October 23rd 7:00 pm

10-05-2013, 05:04 PM
For sixty-six years, Vienna has held an annual Halloween Parade down the middle of Maple Avenue (route 123) during a midweek evening, rain or shine. It is one of the last homegrown, community-oriented parades in the area. http://www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?nid=951
The theme for this year's parade is Music and Theatre Through the Decades.

This year, Fairfax Advocates For Better Bicycling (FABB) has received a slot to participate in the parade representing community cyclists.

Please come, bring your bike, wear a costume. Represent the cycling community in an evening of fun, laughter, and biking.

It would be great if you can put lights on your bike or yourself.

I do not know where our staging area is yet http://www.viennava.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/966 but it will be on either Branch Avenue or Berry Street in Vienna. For planning purposes remember, many roads in the area are closed down early in the evening. I will post more information when I have it. It would be helpful if I can get a rough idea of who is planning to come.

This will be a fun event!

10-06-2013, 02:11 PM
Light a basket in less than an hour.

Battery operated LED lights on wire are easy to wind around a basket. I order mine on Amazon. I also can find them in Michaels, but not consistently. These run on AA batteries.

I put the battery packs in a gallon size plastic bag to keep them from sliding around. I drape a dark colored t-shirt on top to hide the battery packs. You can see the plastic showing in this photo but I'd simply tuck the t-shirt around to cover that.


This array took five packages of lights and runs on 15 AA batteries.

10-07-2013, 09:20 AM
I'll be a definite maybe. ;)

10-07-2013, 09:39 AM
I'll be a definite maybe. ;)

Well good! I'll post what I've learned about riding in high heels for anyone considering it but are too uneasy to give it a try.

I believe in research. So of course I had to acquire more shoes to conduct experiments and trial runs. ;)

10-07-2013, 10:29 AM
No high heels for me, too hard on my knees and recently repaired ankle. ;) :p

10-07-2013, 05:00 PM
This is the weirdest post ever on this forum.

Through trial and error I've figured out which kinds of high heel shoes work on a bike.
I discovered this mostly because when I'm finished with work I want to run out of the building like it's on fire. I don't want to drag my stuff down the hall, wiggle back into it, pack everything back up and stagger out to my bike. I just want to go home. Period. That's how I started riding in heels. It was a move inspired by pure desperation.

With a costumed ride coming up I thought I'd chime in about high heels and bicycles. Of course any sort of practical shoe works, I'm just addressing impractical shoes.

Some shoes don't work. Don't bother. You'll end up chasing your shoe in the middle of the street. A general rule of thumb is if you can jog a few steps in your shoes and they don't come off, they probably will work. But these did not.
The red ones have made it more than 20 miles back from DC but the wedge style ended up killing me the next day. Being able to flex the ball of your foot makes a world of difference.

The height of the heel doesn't matter. I hear you gasping. It really doesn't. You don't put your heel down on the pavement and I haven't had any problems getting them caught. If you can walk in it, you can ride in it. These work because they either tie or buckle.


At the end of the day, boots work the best. They're sturdy, you have ankle coverage, a small platform is great to keep you off the street, they're warm and easy to ride in.


Don't avoid wearing heels with a bike. If that's what you're comfortable wearing, you can ride in them. It's a good way to meet new people too. :o

10-07-2013, 06:25 PM
Great research, Ann, but the thread is incomplete unless you also show what pedals work best with your heels.

10-07-2013, 06:44 PM
I just use cheap, flat pedals. Nothing fancy. It's dark and I don't want to wander out back to the bike barn. But in the morning I'll pull out Thor (mtb) and the Sparkle Bike and show you what cheap flat pedals look like. It won't be the first time the words cheap, and flat have been used to describe me. ;)

Riley Casey
10-08-2013, 09:21 AM
Shades of Ginger Rodgers.

10-08-2013, 10:00 AM
BTW, I have pretty big feet (8-8.5 mens) and a ton of heeled boots. If anyone's looking to borrow.

10-08-2013, 05:24 PM
Back to bikes and baskets...
Night parades are all about lights & shiny things:
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Helmets can be bedazzled
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I'm sure this only scratches the surface of what's possible.
Now that I have a stock of lights and shiny things, I recycle, reuse, and rethink each new display.
The one important thing I've learned is to remember I'm adding weight with every little bauble and eventually I'm the one who has to pedal it through the streets.

10-08-2013, 10:25 PM
You have done Elvis proud Ann. ;)

Riley Casey
10-09-2013, 09:03 AM
Everyone else on the forum needs a helmet light to illuminate their way. Only Ann needs one to show off her helmet properly after dark. That needs to be in some sort of bike accoutrement Hall of Fame. Spectacular!

10-09-2013, 09:43 AM
Ann, could you set up a light pointing at your helmet, kinda like a disco ball? Bonus points if the light rotates around your head...

10-09-2013, 05:55 PM
Bike Costumes 101
"Make Believe" sums it up.

Start at the bottom and work up.
The last thing I want to do is flash people.
But I'm happy to create the illusion they're seeing something they shouldn't. It's all make believe.
I can't handle my bike if I'm worried about my costume falling off, and if it does, well, I have layers underneath it. 3820
Small gym shorts or short bike shorts or opaque tights or flesh colored tights underneath sheer stockings.
Flesh colored camisoles or a leotard or super dooper heavy duty strapless bra, usually all three http://www.diamond-derby.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/spectacle.jpg

Next Layer:
It's easier to ride with a skirt off your legs. I accidentally stumbled across petticoats to put underneath skirts and they work great. They keep the skirt away from your legs, they give you a little more coverage, and they come in lots of colors.3822

Another Layer:
If it's cold: A thin long sleeve shirt underneath the costume. Layers trap more heat.
A jacket if it's winter.
Sparkly leg warmers if it's really cold.

Hats: Yes!
Gloves: Sure!
Wool socks: Absolutely! 3823

Think big and gaudy about hats, gloves, and jewelry
The same reasoning applies to makeup. Tart it up. You're being seen from a distance. 3824

10-09-2013, 06:15 PM
This last post really ruins the fantasy.:rolleyes:

10-09-2013, 06:17 PM
This last post really ruins the fantasy.:rolleyes:

Well, sometimes I make mistakes. But usually that involves a bathing suit top and strong waves. :-)

10-09-2013, 07:09 PM
Somewhere I have a photo I took in Kyoto of a woman riding in spike heels, but where is it, not on my photobucket?

10-12-2013, 06:27 PM
1. What and when is it?
It is the 67th Annual Vienna Halloween Parade on October 23rd
This year's theme is Celebrating Music and Theatre Through the Decades
FABB is one of 90 groups participating.
We've been asked to arrive between 5:00-6:00 pm.
The parade starts at 7:00 pm.

2. Where is it?
We are lining up on Branch Avenue.
Here is a map showing how to get to Branch Avenue from the W&OD http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3498922
FABB has been assigned space #63A.

Branch Avenue is close to Elevation Burger, Donatos, Cenan's Bakery, Baskin Robbins, Giant, and the Fresh Market. You can come early and eat dinner at any of these places. Bike parking is available.

3. Where does the parade route go?
The parade route begins at the corner of Branch and Maple Avenue and proceeds directly down Maple Avenue to Center Street. The parade turns left at Center Street and disbands at the Vienna Community Center. The W&OD is next to the community center. http://www.viennava.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/966

4. Who is invited?
FABB members of course! But also anyone who rides in Fairfax County and wants to make biking an integral part of transportation within Fairfax County.

5. Can I get there on the W&OD?
Absolutely! Branch Avenue is connected to the W&OD. The end of the route is at the Vienna Community Center right next to the W&OD

6. What should I bring?
Dress appropriately for the weather. Bring lights for your bike.

7. What's in the fine print?
There is no stopping to perform
There is no handing, tossing, or passing out of any items (candy, balloons, literature)
No sparklers or flames allowed
All horse units MUST provide a clean-up crew to walk behind their animals
Come out and enjoy the evening!

8. Special Bonus Super Speed Round
I just happen to have these lying around. 3841
I have enough for a vuvuzela biking band. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Music and Theatre Thru the Decades
Fair warning: Mr. Dirt will be limited to two vuvuzelas because he is a repeat offender. :D

10-14-2013, 07:43 PM
I have 10 strands of lights coming on Wednesday so I can rig lights on ten bikes very quickly with some clear strapping tape and AA batteries. I have several bags of candy by request. This fall has been so cruddy, the weather, the government shutdown, come out. Have fun. Oh, Vienna Inn is close to the end of the parade route. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? :)

10-17-2013, 08:00 AM
The parade is next Wednesday and yesterday Dirt and I got to talking.

So what happened was....
Dirt has a battery operated disco ball. And the theme of the parade is "Celebrating Music and Theatre Thru the Decates" So, what if.... the disco ball was mounted on a bike trailer.

Yeah, Saturday Night Fever on bikes.

Or, perhaps, the Village People on bikes. *one of us* has the chaps for it.

Last night at the FABB meeting, someone suggested that we could ride in formations, circles, figure eights, etc. :rolleyes:

Next Wednesday, 6:00 pm on Branch Avenue in Vienna, we are #61. So far we have about a dozen volunteers, hope to see you there too.

10-17-2013, 08:09 AM
Dirt has a battery operated disco ball.

Of course he does.

10-17-2013, 07:45 PM
I used to light bikes with a complicated, overly engineered time-consuming method. I've figured out a way to light a bike in ten minutes with a clip to a water cage and two pieces of duct tape. 3863 These light strands are available on Amazon for $15.

They come with batteries and clip into your water cage.

One light strand and ten minutes later.

10-17-2013, 07:53 PM
I really wish I could finagle a way out of work to attend this event. If only we were still furloughed....

10-17-2013, 08:00 PM
I'll bring five extra strands to put on bikes the night of the event. I am sorry you have to work hard. But, hey! In this economy, a job is a damn good thing to have. Next time!

10-19-2013, 08:21 PM
I swore I'd drive past Michaels. I don't need to make another basket. I should stop. I must stop. Next time, I will stop.
Start with one of these.
Weave in lights. Wire blossoms with florist wire.
Watch American Horror Story and scare yourself witless.
Run out of lights, flowers, patience.
Turn out the lights and smile.

Two hour job, start to finish.

10-19-2013, 08:39 PM
That doesn't look like the rhinestone bike. Did you attach the basket to drop bars?!

10-20-2013, 03:26 AM
It's not the sparkle bike. It's my commuter/utility bike. Corrupting one bike is. not. enough.
Besides, I'll leave it decorated through the holidays because it's festive (and because I'm too lazy to dismantle it.)

And, had fun taking loaner baskets out today and seeing old friends and new ones. This already has been a fun event. I've met up with Dirt, eminva, and Kel in the weeks leading up to this Wednesday. Hope to see even more friends on the 23rd.

10-21-2013, 04:47 PM
The countdown begins because I've bought the beer. In two days FABB rides in the Halloween Parade in Vienna.
When: Wednesday October 23rd, arrive around 6:00. Parade begins at 7:00
Where: Branch Avenue, Vienna, Virginia. We are #61. The street runs about three blocks. Once I see where #61 is staked, I'll give an exact street address
Ride: To the parade via the W&OD, exit at Branch Avenue. There will be a lighted beacon on the bench at the turn off. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3498922

Park: Along Orrin Street or Alma Street or Follin Lane Or Cabin Street. Traffic will be horrible after 5:00 when Maple Avenue is shut down for the parade.
Wear: A costume. The theme is "Music and Theatre Thru the Decades" but we can come up with a plausible backstory for anything you show up in, keeping in mind this is a family show. It may be on the chilly side so leave the Speedos at home. And a costume can be as simple as a silly hat.

There will be vuvuzelas and candy for all.
We'll discuss the beer in person. ;)

One last photo. My son expressed mild interest in possibly coming out, mostly because he likes Dirt. So I lit him up.

10-22-2013, 06:13 PM
Tomorrow -- is -- the -- day --
Halloween Parade in Vienna
I've marked the intersection of Branch Ave and the W&OD.
Funny, the beacon makes an excellent rear light. (Oh, the miracle of duct tape.)

Once again, FABB is #61 and lining up on Branch Avenue very close to Elevation Burger and Donatos Pizza.

It looks like it's going to be a leather jacket kind of night; probably a bit chillier than the 60s we've had recently.

So grab a tutu, pick the feather boa up off the nightstand. ;) And join us around 6:00.

10-22-2013, 08:56 PM
Funny, the beacon makes an excellent rear light. (Oh, the miracle of duct tape.)

Oh no, no, no, [she's] a rocket man
Rocket man, burning out h[er] fuse up here alone.

10-22-2013, 09:21 PM
Oh no, no, no, [she's] a rocket man
Rocket man, burning out h[er] fuse up here alone.

Interesting. I have a costume I could use to be shot out of a cannon. Hmm.

10-23-2013, 08:17 AM
At 5:00 pm I'll light the Eternal Flame of Love on the stop sign post at the intersection of Branch and the W&OD. (Stop in the name of love...)

It's chilly. Bring gloves.

But we can keep your lips warm.... vuvuzelas are good for that.

10-23-2013, 09:16 AM
I may be running a few minutes late since I need to stop by home on my way from Rosslyn. I think I'll want different riding clothes from what I was wearing in the rain this morning.

10-23-2013, 09:34 AM
I may be running a few minutes late since I need to stop by home on my way from Rosslyn. I think I'll want different riding clothes from what I was wearing in the rain this morning.

go for a kilt, it looks good and dries fast

10-23-2013, 10:03 AM
Heavy plaid wool with lots of pleats dries fast (???), and where would the chamois go for a true Scot? :confused:

10-23-2013, 01:13 PM
Thinking about going as a leper.

10-23-2013, 01:31 PM
Our final resting place turns out to be 63A and the street address is 202 Branch Avenue. You'll see a green table and a lantern sitting on top of it.

10-23-2013, 01:42 PM
Ummmm, chilis!

10-23-2013, 08:25 PM
Well, it was cold. And then it started raining. But we had fun anyway. Thanks FABB and many, many thanks to everyone who braved the elements tonight!
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10-24-2013, 07:30 AM