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Art Students In Kawasaki, Japan Dressed Up As Famous Paintings For A Halloween Parade

A group of art students won Halloween by impersonating famous paintings, bringing some of the world’s masterpieces to life during the 2018 Halloween Parade in Kawasaki, Japan.

Some 2,500 people took part in the 2018 Halloween Parade in the city of Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, making it the largest in the history of a Halloween parade itself said to be the largest in Japan. Under the electrified eyes of around 120,000 onlookers, parade participants took to the streets southeast of Kawasaki Station to gleefully make their way along the 1.5-km route.

Setting off from the Kawasaki Le FRONT shopping center, Sunday’s paraders were separated into groups covering four costume themes -- “Near Futuristic Costume & Dance,” “Zombie & Horror,” “Street Culture & Dance,” and “Drag Queen & Sexuality-Free Party.” Among ghosts, vampires, skeletons, and other cosplay creations, a group of art-loving participants really stood out.

Their amazingly creative costumes included Vincent Van Gogh’s Self Portrait, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Edvard Munch’s Scream, Pablo Picasso’s The Weeping Woman, Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, and even the ridiculously bad restoration job known as Beast Jesus that recently shot to Internet fame. With the help of makeup, masks, clothing, wigs, and accessories, they metamorphosed into artistic depictions. They also wore gold frames with painted backgrounds, completing their spectacular looks.

All participants of this year’s parade were eligible to be judged as part of the Halloween Awards which recognize the best costumes in the parade. Organizers handed the Best Pumpkin - Grand Prix - Award to this amazing group of students. They had titled their theme “Paintings that came to the Halloween Party”. The 2018 winners took home a highest-ever prize purse of 500,000 yen.

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This year marked the 22nd anniversary of the Kawasaki Halloween Parade which first hit the streets in 1997. Back then, around 150 people joined the fun, encouraged by around 500 visitors. This year, parade proceedings had a definitely-marked international flavor about them, with organizers providing multi-language information points for foreign visitors. A special parade viewing area could also be booked in advance by those arriving from overseas.

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