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Lions Club preparing for annual Halloween Parade

The ghosts and ghouls are coming to town on Oct. 26 for the Marietta Noon Lion’s annual downtown Halloween Parade.

Costume judging for participating youths will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Marietta College parking lot at the corner of Third and Butler streets. The parade leaves at noon and will go from the parking lot to Putnam via Third, up Putnam to Front and to end at Muskingum Park for the Halloween in the Park event. The Marietta Noon Lions donated $500 to help with the expenses for the party in the park.

The parade, which is now more than 90 years old, is free and open to the public. Prizes will be awarded for children ages 18 and under in four categories: Most Original, Scariest and Cutest, for ages six and under. This year, the Marietta Noon Lions are also excited to have a “Best Family” costume category as well. There will also be a Best in Show prize, and judging will begin at 11:40 a.m.

In case of inclement weather, the parade and events will take place at the Jr. Fair Building at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Publicity on any changes can be found on the Facebook pages of the Marietta Noon Lions Club.

Children must participate in the parade to gain entrance to the Halloween in the Park, an event that will feature games, food and treats. A sticker will be handed out to each child prior to the parade and must be visible to participate in the Halloween in the Park. Due to safety issues, no pets are permitted in the parade. Politicians and political materials of any type, including shirts, signs, badges or promotional materials, are strictly forbidden. This parade is for the youth!

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