For nearly a century, the Alton Halloween Parade has brought the Riverbend together to gaze at the floats, wave at family and friends, and scramble for candy. This year is shaping up no differently, as marching bands, and various community organizations are all in store tonight. The parade begins at 7:30.
A portion of Broadway will be closed for parade set up at 5 p.m. Early birds have already started claiming their spots along Broadway with pick up trucks and trailers already in place. Elsewhere, businesses have blocked off parking in front of their buildings to save it for tonight. Parade Committee Chairman Jim Leonard says there are many good places from which to watch.
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The parade starts at Broadway and Washington Avenue, moves west on Broadway, north on Piasa and wrapping up at Piasa and 9th Streets. The Alton parade has been going strong for 98 years, with the only lapse during the years during World War II. Bundle up if you head to watch it, as temperatures will be in the upper 30's around parade time. If you aren’t able to make it to the parade in person, the Big Z will carry the parade with coverage starting at 8 p.m.