Monday night fright Halloween parade set for Oct. 28

By on October 24, 2013

Warwick High School students recently selected three queens to represent Lititz’s annual Halloween parade.

Lauren Stork, Brittany Miller and Emily Evans will be joined by a cavalcade of costumed parade participants as they march through downtown Lititz on Monday, Oct. 28.

The parade, sponsored by the Lititz Lions Club, will start at 7 p.m. at the corner of East Main and Cedar streets. It will proceed on Main to Broad Street, south on Broad to East Lemon, east on Lemon to Cedar, and north on Cedar back to the corner of Main and Cedar.

Last year’s parade – and its rain date – were rained out due to Hurricane Sandy, nicknamed "Frankenstorm" due to its proximity to Halloween. The parade was canceled for the first time since it began in 1949.

Pre-registration is not necessary; however, all participants are required to register between 6 and 6:40 p.m. in front of McElroy’s Pharmacy at the corner of Main and Cedar. There is no registration fee. Prizes will be awarded in the Children’s, Group and Float categories.

Certain restrictions for floats and costumes apply.

Allowed are: cars used for Halloween Court and Lion’s Club President; cars or trucks used to pull floats; business vehicles bearing company name and logo may be used, however, the business name and logo should not be a part of the main float; civic, social, fraternal, school and scout groups may enter; horses or other animals are allowed only if followed by your own clean-up person; bicycles, go-carts, motorcycles are allowed if they are decorated and entered into one of the prize divisions.

Not allowed are: political floats; commercial or business organization entries; cars or trucks, unless pulling a float; no throwing of objects to spectators from floats or moving vehicles. Handouts can be made by walkers along the parade route.

In conjunction with the parade, the American Legion will be conducting a drive, collecting mailable items for soldiers serving overseas. The items collected will be sent in packages to arrive prior to Christmas.

Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring books, toiletries, socks, CDs and other forms of encouragement along to the parade and look for the white van behind the Legion car in the parade. Donations will be accepted directly to the van.

Also, the "Darling Domestic Divas of Lititz" will be entertaining the parade crowds. They are very nurturing ladies and therefore the local community food bank is of great concern to them. During the parade they will be collecting donations for the Lititz/Warwick food bank. The public is asked to bring one item to donate to put in their carts. They’ll have a truck, too, so they’re prepared for a bounty of community support.

Lititz Borough Police will be bagging parking meters three hours before the parade. People may put chairs and blankets down along the parade route two hours before the parade. On blocks where there are no parking meters, chairs and blankets may be placed five hours before the event. Police will collect chairs and blankets if this policy, as indicated, is not followed.

In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be held Oct. 29. For more information, visit the Lions’ website at lititzlions.org or call 371-1846.

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