Downtown Development Authority and nonprofit Let's Be Totally Clear along with several other local businesses are teaming up once more to sponsor Oct. 28's Downtown Alive! with a Halloween twist. This week the shindig is at Parc San Souci.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. there will be costume contest for all ages before Tru Man Posse gets going at 6 p.m. The contest is to celebrate the Museum of Fear at the Lafayette Science Museum. It has partnered with the Children's Museum of Acadiana to give away hundreds of dollars in prizes to you guys.
Competitive age groups are 12 and under, 12-15, 16-20 and 21 and older. Just show up in your best gear and pop by the clearly marked costume tent. Yours truly will be one of several judges so hint: Firefly and David Bowie costumes are awesome. Prizes range from movie tickets to restaurant gift certificates and more.
Tru Man Posse is a band with a sound like no other. They mixed zydeco and island beats for a Creole reggae sound. The band's members have played all over the world for 20 years with everyone from Bob Dylan to the Wailers.
BikeLafayette will be there again with its complimentary bike valet service. There will be rickshaws if you park a ways from the park. Alcohol, water and soft drinks are available by purchasing tickets and going to one of the vendors and there will be munchies around the area. Leave your pets at home and smoke outside of the park's gates, if you please. And don't go as the guy from Scream because it's cliche.
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