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October 20 - 28, 2023

Neewollah - Independence, Kansas
Neewollah carnival and street vendors
Neewollah - Independence, Kansas

Neewollah (which is Halloween spelled backwards) began in Independence, Kansas in 1919 to provide positive activities for young people in place of Halloween pranks. Today Neewollah is an 9 day celebration which includes 3 parades, a chili cook off, a musical & queen's pageant,  carnival, concerts, arts and crafts show, Great Pumpkin contest and more. The most interesting activities (to me) are Saturday's Grand Parade and the marching band competition. The theme of the festival for 2023 is "Beautiful Moments Timeless Memories."

The Doo Dah Parade is the adult only event of Neewollah. The Mardi Gras type parade extends from Memorial Hall to just south of Penn and Main. It will be 6 PM on Thursday, October 26, 2023.

The Neewollah Grand Parade is on the final weekend of the event. People start setting their chairs along the parade route hours in advance and by the start of the parade the crowd along the route is 5 deep. The parade runs nearly 2 hours. Since there is also a band competition in the afternoon, marching bands from 3 states participate. The only thing which could make the parade better is even more use of the Halloween theme.

20 of the 26 bands in the 2011 Grand Parade participated in the Marching Band Festival and it ran most of the afternoon at the Independence Community College and high school football field. The 2023 Neewollah Grand Parade and Marching Band Festival take place 3 days before Halloween - Saturday, October 28. The Grand Parade will be at 11 AM and the Marching Band Festival at 1:30 PM. Both events are free.

On October 29, there will be a concert featuring the Oak Ridge Boys at 7:30 PM at Memorial Hall. Tickets are $40-65.

Arts crafts tents - Neewollah
Neewollah has 30 - 35 arts and crafts booths

Independence Bulldog Marching Band
The Indy Bulldog Marching Band leads off the Neewollah Grand Parade

Queens float at Neewollah in Independence, Kansas
Her Majesty Queen Neelah 2011, Emely Flores Hendrick and her Court

antique car and travel trailer

Apes driving tractors
Oliver and McCormick tractors

Neewollah parade
Case tractor and Halloween inflatable

Ghost float in Neewollah parade
Winner of the Generalissmo's Trophy

Neodesha Bluestreak Marching Band - Neewollah
Neodesha Bluestreak Marching Band performing at the Marching Band Festival

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