Each Halloween since 1957 the Leesburg Kiwanis have sponsored the Halloween Parade down King Street in Historic Downtown Leesburg. Leesburg's Annual Halloween Parade is the longest running parade east of the Mississippi and certainly the best way to celebrate Halloween! The floats, bands, and costumes are awarded prizes. The 2009 parade featured over 200 police, fire and rescue units; high school marching bands; floats; horseback riders; walkers; decorated vehicles; and politicians, passing out candy as they paraded down the one mile route. These units and many spectators donated over 1,000 pounds of food and hundreds of dollars to Loudoun Interfaith Relief.