Hal­loween pa­rade planned for Sun­day

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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.

NE­WARK POST FILE PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

The Ne­wark High School march­ing band per­forms in the 2016 Hal­loween pa­rade.

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