Halloween parade planned for Sunday
Calling all witches, goblins and ghouls – Newark’s annual Halloween Parade returns Sunday.
Now in its 71st year, the parade will start at 3 p.m. at Tyre Avenue and Main Street and then head west on Main Street to North College Avenue.
More than 70 groups are signed up to march in the parade, including several marching bands. With Election Day quickly approaching, expect plenty of politicians too, though under a longtime Newark policy, they must come in costume if they plan to partici-
pate in the parade.
Costumed individuals or families who want to march alongside these groups may do so by checking in with parks and recreation staff at George Read Park (across from Newark High School) by 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
City officials are encouraging participants to choose costumes that reflect a 1960s theme as a way to mark the Newark Parks and Recreation Department’s 50th anniversary.
Former Parks Director Charlie Emerson, who retired in 2016, will serve as the grand marshal of the parade.
“This year we are not only celebrating a tradition more than seven decades strong, but also the tremendous impact our city’s Parks and Recreation Department has had on our community for the past 50 years,” Mayor Polly Sierer said in a prepared statement.
The annual Trick-or-Treat Main Street will begin immediately after the parade. Children will be able to go from business to business, collecting candy from Main Street merchants.
Parking will be free in all city-run hourly lots.
Due to the festivities, the following streets will be closed on Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m.: Main Street (Library Avenue to North College Avenue), Tyre Avenue and Delaware Circle. Delaware Avenue (South Chapel Street to Library Avenue) will be closed from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
There is no rain date for the event. In case of inclement weather, call the Leisure Time Hotline at (302) 366-7147.
The Newark High School marching band performs in the 2016 Halloween parade.