October 7, 2015 - 4:57 pm
The 6th annual Las Vegas Halloween Parade has been canceled, according to its founder Cory Mervis.
“It really sucks,” she says. “This was heartbreaking to have to call it off. We did everything in our power to make this happen. In the end, it was the smart thing to do.”
Mervis says it came down to not having the financial backing to do the things they wanted to do.
For the past few months, they have been able to acquire some sponsorships. But wanting to make the event bigger than before – Halloween is on a Saturday and Mervis thought there would be a larger crowd – she knew it would take more money.
“We wanted more police officers, more barricades, more marketing and needed more insurance,” she says. “We were looking at about $150,000. I could have finagled the budget, but I really didn’t want to do things on the cheap.”
Mervis says they do plan to return next year. She hopes to spend the next year acquiring more sponsors and up the ante on the parade.
“Ask me where I’m going for Halloween?” she says. “Disneyland. I want to get a few ideas. I want this to be like the Macy’s parade one day.”