Sleepy village of Andreas comes alive with parade
Dalmatian cheerleaders walk with the Tamaqua marching band. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
You don't find a lot of activity in the tiny village of Andreas except for once a year.
Every October the annual Halloween Parade, sponsored by the West Penn Lions and Lioness Club, attracts not only several hundred participants but large crowds of spectators that line the narrow streets several people deep.
This year's parade was held on Wednesday night, and the extraordinary mild weather brought out even more people than usual.
What a parade it was, featuring an incredible castle float with knights, jesters and royalty following it; a Ghostbusters car; young marchers guised as superheroes, Junior Mints, bakers and crayons; and many other delightful attractions.
Youngsters found the parade especially rewarding, being given more candy than they could possibly eat in one night.
Parade announcer Robert Neumoyer, a member of the West Penn Lions, said, "It was another good year. It was a nice parade and we're glad for all the cooperation we get to make it possible."
"We get a lot of good cooperation," he said, stating that the West Penn Fire Company, township supervisors, Andreas Sporting Club, and private concerns work together to make it happen.
This year's grand marshal was Sarah Troxell, owner of Galen Glen Winery of West Penn Township.
Although there were a lot of novelty themes, the agricultural heritage of the community was obvious during the parade.
Several of the marching units were dressed in farming attire, including the Lions and Lioness Club. Lioness member Mildred Kistler drove an open wagon decorated with straw and other farm products at the end of the parade. On it was a sign thanking participants. Lehighton Senior Girl Scouts used a rural theme.
Boyer's Collectables of Mahoning Township had antique farm equipment on display.
There was a lot of work put into many of the floats on display. St. Peter's Pre-School members rode a float and wore crayon costumes. West Penn Girl Scouts used the theme "Sweetest Girls in Towns." Nesquehoning Daisys, Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts were featured as Cabbage Patch Kids.
Daniel Tyson of Andreas had his Ghostbusters car in the line of march.
More than a dozen pieces of emergency response equipment including firetrucks and ambulances were at the front, behind Chief of Police Brian Johnson and a military color guard.
Sandy Polk of New Ringgold said after watching the parade, "It's amazing the costumes the kids come up with. I enjoy coming to this parade each year."
Spectators get to see the parade twice because after completing the parade route, it makes a U-turn and returns to the starting point.
The judges for the parade were Lisa Sharpe, Marie Gursky and Mary Jane Kistler.
Judging results were:
• Marchers - 1. Lehighton Daisy Troop 38, "We Are Girl Scout Super Heroes … What is Your Super Power?"; 2. Lehighton Girl Scout Troop 3248, "Minions of Change"; 3. Lehighton Brownie Troop 3862 and Junior Troop 3248, "Baking Up a New Batch of Brownies."
• Floats - 1. West Penn Cub Pack 756, "Knights and Their Castle," 2. West Penn Lions, "Proudly Serving the Community Since 1948;" 3. Boyers Collectables.