Hundreds of ghosts, ghouls, princesses and many other fairytale characters converged in Andreas while Grand Marshals Leroy "Butch" and Wilma Wentzel led the way for more than 400 costumed marchers and participants during the West Penn Lions and Lioness Club's 61st Annual Halloween Parade last night.
Members of Andreas VFW Post 5069 performed as the parade's color guard.
"Despite being postponed and intermittent rain throughout the area, the turnout of spectators was great," said Lisa Sharpe, parade coordinator.
In addition to various floats and marching groups, the Tamaqua Raider Marching Band was a sight to see, as they all marched past in different or coordinated costume attire.
First place winners in the float category were Daisy Troop 1108 and Brownie Troop 0975 from West Penn with their 100 Year Girl Scout Anniversary theme; second place winners were the Hehn and McArdle families with their Neverland theme; and the third place winner was Brownie Troop 3167 with a birthday party theme.
Winners in the marching category were first place, Brownie Troop 1323 with their Girl Scouts in Wonderland theme; second place, Junior Troop 3248 with their All Aboard the Girl Scout Train theme; and third place, Junior Troop 31106 with their Give Peace a Chance theme.
Helping with traffic control during the parade were the West Penn Police, fire police and Quakake Rescue. The judges consisted of Marie Gursky, Liz Mcelwee and Becky Neumoyer. Bob Neumoyer served as parade master of ceremonies.
Immediately following the parade, members of the West Penn Lions and Lioness Club provided free hot dogs and refreshments to all parade participants and volunteers at the Andreas Sporting Club. Sharpe, who has coordinated the Andreas parade for over four years, expressed her appreciation to fellow parade committee members, Andreas Sporting Club, Tamaqua Rescue Squad, Nestle Water Company, Gary Frantz, Bryan Miller Trucking, Wayne Troxell, Andreas Quarry and other individuals and organizations that helped make the parade a success.