Characters of all imaginable types gathered on North Thompson Street in New Buffalo, waiting for the judges to make their selections for the pretties/cutest, scariest/ugliest and most original costumes, at the annual Halloween parade Sunday, Oct. 30.
Led by the New Buffalo Fire Department and members of the New Buffalo Middle School marching band (who were also dressed for the festivities), the parade stepped off at 1:30 p.m. Once again, the creativity of the costumes was truly amazing. There was a mermaid on her beach float, an octopus, super heroes, a ship of pirates, and an Oinks Dutch Treat Ice Cream Shop cart. Even Michael Jackson and Prince made a surprise appearance. Kids, costumed dogs and the young at heart were all enjoying a sunny, mid-50-degree day as they marched to the New Buffalo Fire Station for bags of treats. Parade organizers Bonnie and Mike Keefer, Juli Westergren, Julie Roberts and the New Buffalo Business Association prepared more than 750 goody bags for the trick-or-treaters to collect at the Fire Station.
Thanks to the generosity of the community, Mike said that the parade was once again a success.
“Redamak’s was a major donor again this year. Their contribution, in memory of their parents Jim and Angie Maroney, sponsored goodie bags, as well as new identification grade signs,” Mike said. “A lot of the businesses in town really stepped forward to support the program.”
Mike thanked all the contributors, volunteers and participants for supporting this wonderful, time-honored Halloween Parade for all the area children and adults.
Following the parade, the princesses, witches, supermen, rock stars and monsters enjoyed trick-or-treating in town.