Despite the bridge reconstruction project in Tamaqua, the annual Halloween Parade will go on, according to Tamaqua Lions Club President Brian Keich. There will just be a few "twists," actually turns.
Sponsored by the Lions Club, the parade is scheduled to be held on Oct. 22, with a rain date of Oct. 23. Formation will take place at the former Jamesway Plaza, with the line of march stepping off at 7 p.m. The parade route will then travel west on Broad Street to Greenwood Street.
This is when the first "twist" will take place, as marchers will turn right onto North Greenwood Street and proceed to Mauch Chunk Street. There, the route will turn left and travel to Pine Street, where it will take another left hand turn. Marchers will go south on Pine to Broad Street, where another right hand "twist" will put the parade back on its normal track.
Due to the twists and turns, tractor trailers over 40 feet in length and low boy trailers will not be able to participate in this year's event. Marching units, trucks, floats and individual marchers are encouraged to register early for the event. Registration forms are now available at the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce office, 114 W. Broad St. Deadline to register will be Oct. 14.
The parade is annually sponsored by the Tamaqua Lions Club, with assistance from the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, Tamaqua Fire Police and the Tamaqua Wireless Association.