The Alton Halloween Parade is coming up at the end of the month, and will once again feature the usual floats, marching bands, and firetrucks. The East End Improvement Association continues to sponsor the event, which celebrates it's 96th edition this year. This year's Parade Marshall is yet to be determined. Last year, it was longtime Alton Alderman Phil Hanrahan. He passed away earlier this year.
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 the parking lot that has been used for staging in the past is not available this year.
He says there are about 60 units entered in the parade so far, which is about on par for a month out. Between 30 and 40,000 people are estimated to enjoy the parade when the weather is favorable. It is believed to be the oldest Halloween parade in the country, with roots in Alton dating back to 1916.