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October 24, 2013

VIDEO | Thousands flock to city for Halloween parade

JOHNSTOWN — Thousands upon thousands of people packed downtown Johnstown streets Thursday night to watch monsters, ghouls and other creatures invade the Friendly City.

Josh Frank of Ebensburg was at the Halloween parade with his wife, Chelsea; son, Jaylyn, 5; niece, Morgan, 10; and sister-in-law, Kayley.

Frank said the parade is good every year.

Chelsea said everyone involved with putting on the parade does a good job.

Jaylyn said she liked the “scary monsters.”

Morgan, who was dressed as a dog, said the parade was plenty of fun and that all of the costumes were creative.

See more photos from the parade here

Patrick Kishlock of the West End, who was at the parade with his girlfriend, Carrie Bizich; their two daughters, Ava, 5, and Zena, 2; and Carrie’s mother, Terrie Bittner, said it was great to see all the people come together for the event.

Bizich said the parade was worth standing in the cold weather to watch.

Zena and Ava each liked the various creatures that roamed the streets.

Jeannie Vandergirft of Dale was at the parade with her sons, Ryan, 14, and Matthew, 9; daughter, Hermione, 7; and nephew, Preston Sirbaugh, 10.

“It’s good,” Vandergrift said of the  parade.

Ryan and Hermione said they liked the cars the best while Preston and Matthew favored the candy.

Haniysfa Lawton of the West End was at the event with her nine grandchildren, a number of whom marched in the parade.

“I think it’s very nice,” she said of the parade.

It was nice that they gave out books and other educational materials along with candy, she said.

Chynaa Prescott, 14, one of Lawton’s grandchildren, said it was nice to have an event like the parade because it brings people together.

Mykal Gaunt, 19, was at the parade with her brother, Decklin, 9, and sister, Sierra, 16.

“It’s really cool this year,” Gaunt said.

Decklin said he enjoyed watching the motorcycles while Sierra thought the marching bands were tops.

Ryan the Werewolf, one of the spectators, had a good time scaring folks near City Hall as they walked past him.

“I’m enjoying it very much,” said the West End man, whose last name is Stewart.

Jenna Stevens, a freshman at Richland High School, marched in the parade with her school’s Anime Club.

“It was so much fun,” she said of the parade. “I loved it.

“The children were so cute. They all asked for candy.”


Frank Sojak is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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