On October 30 last Friday, many Marlborough residents participated in the Marlborough Spooky Halloween Parade.
COVID-19 restrictions were in place throughout the parade. Families dressed up in costumes passed through the parking lot of the community centre and were handed candy and pre-packed goodie bags. About 150 people walked or drove through the event in 2 hours.
Most participants were immigrants and they were thrilled for this opportunity to experience Halloween in Canada even during COVID-19.
“…we don’t care about the difference in religions or cultures, we are Canadians, and that’s what matters.”— Huwayda Ogly, an immigrant residing in the northeast community.
This event was a successful collaboration of the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA), Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC), the Centre for Newcomers (CFN), the City of Calgary – Calgary Neighbourhoods and the Calgary Marlborough Community Association. It’s also worth mentioning that this event wouldn’t have been made possible without the wonderful volunteers from these organizations.