The Alton Halloween Parade is 100 years old this year, and will once again feature the usual floats, marching bands, and fire trucks. The East End Improvement Association continues to sponsor the event, and the anticipation is building for this centennial event.
The parade will start at 7:30pm from Broadway and Washington Avenue on Halloween night, October 31, moving west on Broadway, wrapping up at Piasa and 9th Streets. Parade Committee volunteer Don Huber tells The Big Z the prestige of this being the 100th anniversary is apparently leading to more entries.
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This is believed to be the oldest Halloween parade in the country, with roots dating back to 1916. The only years without a parade were during the years during World War II. This year there will be no parade marshal, as all of the past marshals will be recognized. Fourteen of the seventeen living past marshals have already confirmed they will participate. For more information on this year's parade, call 462-7527.