Capes and candy were plentiful Saturday during the annual Fall Festival Parade down Zionsville Main Street.
The sidewalks were packed with onlookers, and blue skies prevailed for the nearly two-hour procession, which featured local organizations, businesses, youth groups and bands — many adhering to the event’s theme “Super Heroes II: Return of the Lions.”
The sequel theme was a nod to the fact that the 2018 parade, with a super hero theme, had been rained out — as had the entire festival.
In this case, the sequel proved better than the original, as the parade, opening ceremonies, VIP carnival, entertainment, demonstrations, and other displays and vendors benefited from largely clear skies and pleasant temperatures all weekend long.
Organizers chose to reprise the washed out theme so that groups that purchased costumes or float props in 2018 would finally have a chance to use them. From the skyline of Gotham City to the strains of the Spider Man theme song being played by the Zionsville Community High School Marching Eagles, the super hero treatment was evident among the entries — and even some of the observers. Several thousand spectators lined the route for the parade, which featured more than 90 entries. The parade was run by new chairwomen, Lions Michelle Shepherd and Jill Reinhart .
The Zionsville Lions Club Fall Festival actually kicked off a day earlier, with a VIP carnival for special needs guests and their families and the opening of the carnival area to the community. By Saturday, an opening ceremony followed the parade, setting all of the festival’s features in motion, including entertainment, rides, and a variety of food for festival-goers. The annual event ended Sunday.
Fall Festival Chairman Tim Reinhart said the VIP Carnival, which was held for the 12th year, was the largest so far with more than 1,400 RSVPs for the special needs family / Best Buddies event.
The Lions Lounge was rocking late into the night as the crowd was entertained by The Impalas, Reinhart added.
“I could not have been more thrilled to see the many dedicated Lions volunteers fill the 350-plus shifts over the course of the festival week to make this event a huge success,” Rheinhart said. He also thanks the Partners in Park Sponsors and the Town of Zionsville for their support of the Zionsville Lions Club to make the 66th annual Fall Festival a success for the club and community.
The 67th annual festival dates have already been set for Sept. 11-13, 2020, with the theme to be announced at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8.