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Theatre professionals add a little bit New Orleans...a little bit whacky to Halloween celebrations

Boo Palooza, the Wicker Park and Bucktown Halloween celebration that was spread around the community included the Wicker Park Prowl, a parade led by a rousing group of musical dancing and prancing performers from Collaboraction Theatre that reminded many of New Orleans.  In Wicker Park, they shared space and shtick with actors from Banana Shpeel, the latest Cirque du Soleil production due to open a seven week run in The Chicago Theatre on Nov. 19.

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The parade staging site was Chopin Theatre on Division St. with the kickoff at noon from the Polish Triangle at Division, Milwaukee and Ashland Avenues.  A stop in Mautene Court provided space for the many Collaboration performers to do their "own thing" to the beat of horns and drums that sounded as though they just stepped off the plane straight from Bourbon St.

Unsuspecting shop owners and shoppers along Milwaukee Ave. had expressions that ranged from disengaged to surprised, curious glances turned to mesmerized appreciative audience participants.  They paraded thru the six corners of Milwaukee, Damen and North and then wound their way into Wicker Park where they performed a variety of acts to the delight of hundreds of Halloween revelers of all ages.

Banana Shpeel actors circulated through the Park "interviewing" many Halloween celebrants, much to the delight of all.  Their brightlly colored outfits alone brightened the blustery weather.

Sponsored by the WPB and the Wicker Park and Bucktown Chamber of Commerce with the support of the Chicago Park District and the Wicker Park Advisory Council as well as Friends of Pritzker and Shorty's.
For more info: Boo Palooza

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