8th Annual Baltimore Bubble Parade

Held this year on Saturday, May 12th in Riverside Park, Baltimore.

This video was created by Darian Jones.


This year was the first year the Bubble Parade transitioned from a free to a ticketed event. As much as I want to be able to do everything for free, the bigger and more fun I do things, the more expensive things get.

We didn’t beat our highest number from last year, but transitioning from a free to paid event is actually a very big deal, so the fact that we had more than 50% turnout from last year is pretty fantastic! I REALLY appreciate you guys!

It rained all week long and everyone was worried it was going to rain on Saturday, but I told you all: It never rains on me! And it didn’t. The weather was beautiful, partly cloudy, and 70 degrees. A perfect lovely late spring day in Riverside Park in South Baltimore.

This year the hours were expanded from two to three. So we got to party for two hours, and we had many more options to choose from as to what to play with!

Brightly dressed and costumed participants played with a parachute, big bubble wands, rope wands, skip its, jump ropes, balls, and other lawn toys and games.

New this year were 4.5 foot tall bubble towers and an inflatable section!

The entire time, April’s Twisted Entertainment provided us with an incredible large scale bubble show!

They entered the Mystery Raffle for a surprise prize, enjoyed lunch from the Althea’s Almost Famous food truck and other handheld snacks from DMV Snow Cones, and danced to the lovely tunes from DJ Greg Goose.

They also made use of the digital Pixilated Photobooth with boxes of unique hats, accessories, and other props provided by the event. (This was a perfect way to send a memento of the event directly to your phone so it was ready for you even before you were home.)

People had the option to have the faerie, Dictionaria, give them their secret word, get their body (henna) tattooed by Sanna, or play and learn about instruments from South Baltimore Music Academy.

After two hours, everyone lined up to make the .4 mile walk (parade) around the park where thousands of bubbles were blown and a true display of joy, fun, and play was created for the neighborhood.

After the parade, the winners of the Costume Contest (best dressed adult, child, and dog) as -well as some runner-ups, and Mystery Raffle were announced.


April’s Twisted Entertainment

April Gomez of April’s Twisted Entertainment provided us with a spectacular bubble show!

She also offers Face Painting, Stilt Walking, Henna Tattoos, Fire Dancing, Fire Eating, Balloon Sculpting and more!


Dictionaria of the Bookish Fae lives in a secret room in the infinite library.

She flittered out for The Bubble Parade to offer her famous service of combing through her giant dictionary for each person’s perfect magic word.

Henna By Sanna

Henna By Sanna (Rafia) is a self-taught Muslim Henna artist practicing in the DMV area for the past 6 years.
She works with henna, jagua, and mehndi tattoos and is excited to elevate your look!
Rafia offered different options including single fingers, wrists, top of hands, and even some color options!

Sno Blast DMV

Sno Blast DMV vended handcrafted snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, and baked goods!

They bring all the best sweets and treats to make any party a BLAST!

South Baltimore Music Academy

South Baltimore Music Academy came to recruit tiny musicians and future rockstars!

They are SoBo’s newest spot for music lessons for ages 5 and up!

The sister campus to East Baltimore’s Patterson Park Academy of Music, SoBo Music Academy is dedicated to fun and high quality lessons in piano, guitar, violin, cello, and drums!

For Baltimore’s littlest musicians, SoBo Music offers parent and child classes for ages 0-5!

DJ Greg Goose

DJ Greg Goose AKA Steve kicked off his FIRST GIG with the Bubble Parade! He is excited to continue spreading fun and music at future events and you can contact him at gregorygooseprod@gmail.com.

Althea’s Almost Famous


Althea Hanson has been serving vibrant Jamaican Cuisine since 2016.

Her food truck, Althea’s Almost Famous has won Best Black Owned Business 2022 & 2023 and Best Food Truck 2023.

She brought her food truck to serve us delicious Jamaican food!

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Costume Contest +
Mystery Raffle

Congrats to the winners


Best dressed Adult, Child, and dog + Mystery RAFFLE WINNER