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Alton Halloween Parade names marshal, sets new time this year

The Alton Halloween Parade Committee is announcing a new starting time for this year’s Alton Halloween Parade, which will start this year at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m., as in years past.

The parade is on Thursday, Oct. 31, with this year’s parade marshal is Margarette Trushel, executive director of the Oasis’s Women Center, a domestic violence shelter in Alton.

The staging area and time will remain the same on Broadway, entering at Main Street and Broadway up to the starting point at Washington Ave. and Broadway. Broadway will be closed to traffic between these two points beginning at 5:00 pm. that evening in order for participants to assemble. The parade route begins at Broadway and Washington, travels west on Broadway, turning right onto Piasa Street and ending at Sixth Street and Piasa Street.

“Since the parade falls on a school night, we can better accommodate children and families that participate in or attend the parade by moving up the start time to 7 p.m.,” this year’s Parade Chairman Joe Schneider said.

The parade consists of participants in five categories: Junior Youth, Senior Youth, Family, Organizations and Commercial.

Those individuals and groups that wish to participate in this year’s event may email, and request an application. All participant applications must be received by Tuesday Oct. 22, in order to be eligible to enter this year’s Parade.

The East End Improvement Association has sponsored the Alton Halloween Parade since 1916.

1 Comment

  1. Brenda Summera on October 31, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Margarette is one special person! We have a mutual friend Joanie!

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