For nearly a century, the Alton Halloween Parade has brought the Riverbend together to gaze at the floats, wave at the dignitaries, and scramble for candy. This year is shaping up no differently, with a dry forecast that could bring out tens of thousands along Broadway. The parade begins tonight at 7:30.
Crowds are likely already gathering, or at least, claiming their spot, if previous years are any indication. The only major change this year is that the parking lot at Alton Plaza is not available for staging, so that will be done on Broadway. Parade Chairman Jim Leonard says that means the costume contest for the kids will be moved too, to the property of Marcal Rope & Rigging.
The parade starts at Broadway and Washington Avenue, moves west on Broadway, wrapping up on Piasa, at around 4th Street. The Alton parade has been going strong for 96 years, with the only lapse during the years during World War II. You can hear live coverage of the parade later tonight here on Z-1570 beginning at 8:00.