What a difference a day makes !

When the 17th annual Jim Thorpe Halloween parade began to roll at 4 p.m. Sunday, aside from some still snow-covered grassy spots, weather conditions could hardly have been more different than they were just 24 hours earlier..

Going from a historic early heavy wet snowfall that paralyzed much of the East coast, the parade was held under clear sunny blue skies with clear dry streets to parade on.

The 17th annual parade was a first-time effort for the Jim Thorpe Lions Club which managed and coordinated the event.

Among the changes in the parade this year was the direction of march.

In a reversal of previous years, the parade began at the Jim Thorpe Area High School and proceeded down through the East side of town ending at 2nd and Center Streets.

After the parade disbanded at that point, participants were bussed back to Memorial Hall for refreshments and awards.

Awards were presented as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each of two categories, groups and floats.

The winners in the "groups" were, 1st place, Girl Scouts Cadets - "Smores"; 2nd place, Brownie Troop 34029 - "Gingerbread People"; and 3rd place, Girl Scout Group 34289 - "Cosmo Brownies".

The winners in the "floats" were, 1st place, Cub Scout Pack 138's Pirate Ship; 2nd place, Jim Thorpe National Bank; and 3rd place, Shamrock Container Company.

It was noted that this was probably the largest-ever Halloween parade in the history of the event in Jim Thorpe with approximately 40 different groups and organizations participating.

Lions Club member Ron Sheehan noted that he received a lot of positive comments from the marchers as they finished the parade and that he thought that the parade went very well for the Club's first-time attempt at such a project.

The members of the Lions Club are already looking forward to next year's parade in 2012 with the hope of having even bigger and better turnouts in the future.

In order to help defray the expense of putting on such an event, they noted that they will be accepting donations along the parade route from those wanting to help out.