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Costumed Crusaders Raise $18,000 in Napa Valley AIDS Walk: Gallery

A zombie nurse and a dog escaping a crocodile took top honors in Saturday's Halloween costume contest in downtown Napa's Veterans Memorial Park, part of the Napa Valley AIDS Walk that raised $18,000 for HIV prevention.

Halloween came early to downtown Napa Saturday with the first annual Napa Coffin Races and the 21st annual Napa Valley AIDS walk. Do you have photos from either or both of these events? Share them in our gallery!

Zombies young and old, pirates on two feet and four, a pink-clad Bat Girl, assorted gorillas and costumed dogs galore took part in Saturday morning's 21st Annual Napa Valley AIDS Walk, starting and finishing in Veterans Memorial Park.

A costume contest following the event gave top honors to a zombie nurse.

Cara Mae McGarry, wearing an authentic 1940s nurse's uniform on loan from the Napa Red Cross, was promoting Wednesday's zombie-themed mass flu vaccine clinic.

In the pet category, a dog that appeared to be emerging from the jaws of a long green crocodile took top honors along with his khaki-clad human companion.

Organizers said the event raised $18,000 for Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific, which provides HIV prevention programming for the Napa Valley.

Top event fund-raisers included Covenant Presbyterian Church; Lisa Jaynes of Pure Skin Napa, who held successive sales events to benefit the walk; and tireless community volunteer Rick Turko, who raised a third of the event's total proceeds through his own efforts.

Did you take part or take photos/videos during Saturday's costumed extravaganza? Share them in our gallery here, and click the "Keep me posted" button for automatic updates when we publish our video(s) from the event. 

For more about Halloween in the Napa Valley, please see:

  • Napa Gets Spooky for Halloween: Gallery
  • Halloween Cocktail Recipes from the Napa Valley
  • How to Make Mystery Eyeball Deviled Eggs
  • Where to Find Pumpkins in the Napa Valley
  • CONTEST: Best Pet Halloween Costume in Napa County

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