The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 19, 2010

Johnstown's Halloween parade set for Oct. 26

— Ghosts and ghouls will take over the streets of downtown Johnstown on Oct. 26 during the 42nd annual Halloween parade.

Organizers expect more than 90 units to take part in the event, which begins at 7 p.m.

Forever Broadcasting, 109 Plaza Drive in Lower Yoder Township, is coordinating the parade.

Terry Deitz, Forever’s vice president and general manager, said participants include at least nine high school bands and an array of Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, dancers, baton twirlers, cheerleaders, floats, walking units and motorcycle groups.

Prize money will be awarded as well as plaques in 13 competition categories, Deitz said.

On the day of the parade, registration of the participating units will begin at 5:30 at Point Stadium.

The parade route will proceed up Main Street to Clinton Street, turn left onto Clinton and then turn left onto Washington Street.

Participants are permitted to hand out candy if they walk the parade route.

“For safety reasons, we don’t want people throwing candy into the crowd because it’s too dangerous as far as children running out in front of parade traffic,” Deitz said.

Deitz expects as many as 10,000 spectators, and if the weather cooperates, thousands more.

“We had approximately 10,000 spectators last year and it rained all evening,” he said.

“We also encourage people to come in costume, even if they are not marching.”

Deitz credits local businesses for helping to sustain the annual parade.

“They continue to support and contribute to the event, which helps pay for promotions, advertising, plaques and prizes,” Deitz said.

The two-hour parade is a tradition that many people anticipate and enjoy.

“Forever Broadcasting is glad to be a part of this hometown event,” Deitz said.

“We will have a number of our radio personalities serving as masters of ceremonies on the review stand located near Central Park.”

On-air personalties also will  mingle with the crowd.

Greg Banks of Atlantic Broadband said the cable outlet will film and later televise the parade at 11:30 p.m. Oct. 26 on Channel 14.

“We also will rebroadcast it on Oct. 30 on Channel 9, which encompasses the Johnstown-Altoona market,” Banks said.

For information or to preregister as a participating unit, call 255-4186.


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