LECPTA 4th of July parade float

You might not be planning your November calendar in July, but Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is.

At the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade, the LECPTA revealed the theme for the auction party that kicks off this year’s 38th Annual Lakewood Home Festival, which begins Nov. 14.

At this weekend’s Lakewood Fourth of July parade, the LECPTA featured a 1920’s-themed float to pay tribute to “The Great Gatsby” and “Pearls and Prohibition.” The moving Speakeasy made its way down the parade route as members of the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA “drank champagne and danced on tables,” while their children tossed pearl necklaces, 1920’s-era newspapers folded into fans, and Dubble-Bubble brand bubblegum into the crowd.

Pearls and Prohibition Speakeasy will open its doors on Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., at the Belo Mansion in the downtown Dallas arts district, 2101 Ross Ave. The auction party sells out every year, so guests are encouraged to buy their tickets early. Doors will close at midnight.

The Lakewood Home Festival is a community-wide event that supports neighborhood schools. After the Speakeasy auction party, the event is followed by the annual tour of homes, market and café on Saturday Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This year, the candlelight tour will take place on Saturday evening, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., instead of Friday evening. Tickets went on sale July 5 at lakewoodhomefestival.com. Online sales will be cut off at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 13.

Party tickets will be $100 before Nov. 7 and $125 afterward. At the door, tickets will be $150, if not already sold out. The party ticket includes an “all-weekend pass” with access to the home tour, candlelight tour, and Holiday Market & Café, hosted by Ebby Lakewood, on Saturday and Sunday. Home-tour tickets range in price from $15 to $25 and include access to the Ebby Lakewood Holiday Market & Café. Patrons can access the market and café alone for $5 without a home-tour ticket.

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