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St. Joseph to host Halloween parade

A week from tomorrow on October 31, Mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges will grand marshall a Halloween costume parade for kids through the sidewalks and streets St. Joseph.

The walking parade - sorry no motorized modes of transport will be allowed - will march through the downtown area starting at 10:30am. Parents and pets on a leash are welcome to join in the fun the mayor said.

"Parents will be asked to help keep the kids moving along the parade route and to keep the kids safely distanced from the others," she said. "Hopefully we will have a beautiful day for the kids to enjoy a fun fall tradition."

The parade will start and end at the Municipal Building. Participants are asked to show up at 10:15 to line up.

The route will leave the building area and head east on the south side of Lincoln Avenue.

"We will cross Lincoln at Country Chics and continue on the north side of Lincoln. Once we get to Main Street, we will walk past Busey Bank east down the alley by the grain elevator to the Library. Then back to Mai through alley past the Apothecary. We will cross Main at that location. After crossing the street, we will stay on the sidewalk and will continue past the IGA on the west side of Main all the way back to the Municipal building."

Streets will not be blocked off for automobile traffic except when the marchers are crossing the street.

"We will have someone to hold traffic when crossing any streets and will keep the kids from gathering together in groups," Mayor Fruhling-Voges said.

Along the way, businesses that want to participate can set up a table near the sidewalk so that the kids can walk past and safely grab a treat. Parade participants should not enter buildings.

Paraders are asked to wear masks and hand sanitizers will be made available.

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