Baton Rouge, LA – 10/31 Consortium, the local 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to bringing the children of our area a safe and happy Halloween, has announced the cancelation of its Costume Giveaway Day and its premiere event, the Fifolet Halloween Festival which includes the Halloween Parade.
“It’s shocking to say it out loud that there won’t be a traditional parade but we know this is what’s necessary to keep everyone safe,” said Corey Tullier, Founder and President of the Consortium. “But that doesn’t mean we still can’t have some fun,” he continued.
While the organization must cancel it’s signature events due to COVID-19 restrictions, they remain committed to their mission of serving our community through the fun and creativity of Halloween.
“It is very upsetting to us that we can’t do our usual Costume Giveaway Day, but serving our community can come in many different forms, and this year it’s in the form of spreading some happiness which we all really need right now,” said Saundra Lane, the organization’s Programs Director. That is the purpose behind the 2020 Halloween Parade replacement event, the Fifolet Flip Flop. “It’s kind of like a reverse parade…We will have decorations and costumed characters spread out outside but the carloads of families will roll by instead of floats.”
The Fifolet Flip Flop is still pending approval by the City of Baton Rouge but the organization remains hopeful they will be able to move forward with the many safety measures they have in place for the event. “Spectators will stay in their cars, our volunteers will maintain social distance and wear masks, and the whole thing is 100% no-touch, so we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe as that’s our number one priority,” said Corey Tullier.
“We certainly weren’t going to let our 10th year go down without some kind of celebration,” said Craig Winchell, the Fifolet Halloween Festival Captain. “We had to come up with a different way to commemorate this milestone but still reinforce that safety is our number one priority and I think we accomplished that with our theme of Purrfect 10: a MASKuerade.”
The Consortium is planning two other virtual events with the same theme, the Fifolet 5k and the Fifolet Cabaret. Information on all three events can be found on the organization’s website, 1031consortium.com. You can also follow the hashtags #MASKuerade and #SaveHalloween for updates.
“We are on a mission to save Halloween this year and we hope you’ll join us,” said Corey Tullier.