The 28th annual costume parade and carnival are back at the Roundhouse in New Providence on Saturday, Oct. 30. The annual fall was started in the 1950s by the New Providence Community School and continued until the early 1980s. The community resumed the event at the Roundhouse in 1993.

The costume parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is free and always includes lots of cute, creative costumes. Everyone is welcome to participate in the costume parade, which is divided into eight age groups beginning with infants - two-year-old and ending with an adult category. Three judges have the difficult job of selecting the top four entries in each age group. Cash prizes are given in each age group and every participant is given a treat bag. Costumed groups are welcome. 

After the costume parade, carnival games, manned by 4-H and school groups, offer activities for all ages. The ring toss, cake walk, fish pond, putting green, treats in the straw and other games offer a variety of prizes.

Pizza, walking tacos, homemade pie, popcorn and other snacks are available.

Hundreds of dollars of prizes donated by area merchants will be raffled off during the costume parade. Tickets may be purchased prior to the event or that evening. The proceeds for the evening are used to help fund Roundhouse projects.


  • Occurred Saturday, October 30th, 2021 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


New Providence Roundhouse

104 N. Main Ave.
New Providence, IA 50206

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