The Alton Halloween Parade is a week from tonight, and will once again feature the usual floats, marching bands, and fire trucks. The East End Improvement Association continues to sponsor the event, which celebrates its 96th edition this year. This tear's Parade Marshall is long-time volunteer Larry Roberts.
The parade will start at 7:30pm on October 31 from Broadway and Washington Avenue, moving west on Broadway, wrapping up at Piasa and 9th Streets. Parade Chairman Jim Leonard says there will be your usual marching bands, community organizations, and a variety of groups entering floats.
He says there are about 60 units entered in the parade, which is about on par with previous years. Between 30 and 40,000 people are estimated to enjoy the parade when the weather is good. It is believed to be the oldest Halloween parade in the country, with roots dating back to 1916. Alton High School's Tyler Toussiant (pictured, left) was honored for creating the winning design promoting the parade in a ceremony at the high school yesterday.