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If anyone is going to make it to DC this weekend, you've picked a good time. Halloween weekend is a crazy time. It's a massive street party here.
Revelers, ralliers a potent brew for trouble | Washington Examiner (external - login to view)
Revelers, ralliers a potent brew for trouble
By: Scott McCabe (external - login to view)
Examiner Staff Writer
October 28, 2010
Halloween weekend is scary enough around Washington without a march on the National Mall to keep fear alive.
In addition to the customary tens of thousands of drunken revelers in Georgetown, hordes of hipsters are pouring into town for TV news satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's mock rally on Saturday. It's also Howard University's homecoming weekend.
Several hundred thousand partiers means a potentially perfect brew for some serious Halloween havoc, and police agencies are beefing up their presence to handle it.
D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said in a statement that there will be "full deployment of the entire department" on Saturday, although she wouldn't get into specifics about their plans.
The safest place might be on the National Mall for Stewart's and Colbert's "Rally to Restore Fear/Sanity," jokingly termed the Million Moderate March. More than 225,000 people had RSVP'd on the event's Facebook page as of Thursday evening.
U.S. Park Police say they can't talk about the safeguards being taken, but a spokesman said law enforcement officials are ready with a "robust plan" for traffic control, crowd management and any security issues.
"This is not unexplored territory for us," said Sgt. David Schlosser.
The rally wraps early enough in the afternoon that revelers can recharge a little before joining the parade of costumed partiers in Georgetown, where the "Nightmare on M Street" pub crawl has evolved into a massive street party.
D.C. Councilman Jack Evans, who represents that area, said the District has been preparing for Halloween weekend since after Labor Day.
"We put a plan in place 20 years ago and it has worked well," Evans said. "We're in good shape."
Councilwoman Mary Cheh's Ward 3 will get disrupted by more than just American University college students dangling toilet paper from houses and tree branches. Some animal rights group members have been known to mark Halloween night in that area of upper Northwest by wearing masks and shouting threats at targeted homes through bullhorns, like you, "You should die!"
"They're not a minor problem," Cheh said. "In their own way, they're like terrorists."
About 100,000 people are expected to celebrate Howard's homecoming, a glitzy extravaganza Sports Illustrated has crowned the best homecoming in America.
Everybody knows Howard's homecoming isn't about the morning's football game. The week is about fashion, music and being seen. Saturday's official events winds up with a fashion show and step show, and artists like Soulja Boy hold events around the city.
School officials remind students, alumni and friends about the dangers that come with the fun, said university spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton.
In 2005, rap star Cam'ron was in town for Howard homecoming when he was shot twice in the arm while driving his royal blue 2006 Lamborghini.