Ghost, goblins, mystical creatures, and dinosaurs were let loose last night to roam the street in downtown Kittanning.
Kittanning Hose Company #1 sponsored its annual Halloween parade. With temperatures in the mid 40s, approximately 100 participants joined fire companies from Rayburn, East Franklin and West Kittanning as well as all three Kittanning fire departments to march from north on Jefferson, east on Arch, south on McKean, west on Market and south on Jefferson – back to the Hose Company #1 station.
This is the 86th year that Hose Company #1 has sponsored the Halloween parade.
The Armstrong River Hawks Marching Band played along Market Street dressed in Halloween attire during last night’s parade in Kittanning.
The annual Ford City Halloween Parade, led by the Armstrong Jr. High Marching Band, was held on Thursday, with approximately 385 costumed marchers and five floats.
Each costumed marcher received a gold coin for participation. Additional cash prizes were awarded, based on originality and creativity, to marchers in the following categories:
Seven-year-old Margot (left) and 11-year-old Regina (right) Mantini won first prize in the small group division of last night’s parade for dressing up as “Little Mermaids.” Both attend Divine Redeemer School in Ford City.
First Place: “Fairy Tale Forest”, Jared, Riley, Ashley, April, Logan, Tanner Bemish, Amanda, Emma & Scrappy Haynes
Second Place: “Killer Couple”, Anna Lasher, Sonny Travis, Rachel Kijowski, Josh Johnson, John Rowley, Jr.
Third Place: “Super Heroes”, Cindy Solak, Dustin & Autumn Dowling, Angie Trimpey, Michael & Hannah Gingery, Jennifer & Mason Cogley, GiGi and Gabrella Dobranski.
Fourth Place: “Layton’s Monster Mash”, Our Precious Angels.
Fifth Place: “Armstrong River Hawks Girls Soccer Team”, Kierstin Garner, Gabriella Beard, Rebecca Fair, Makiala Makey, Courtney Beers, Twila Phillips, Leah Shellhammer, Mykenzie Riggle, Ariana Perella, Mya Riggle, Jordane Schaeffer, Alexa Mechling, Petra Brewer, Tia Claypoole, Lacey Birch, Bailey Bevington.
Large Group Division
First Place: “Jurassic Park”, Wade, Teresa, Hannah, Anthony, Parker Megown, Al and Lucas Sauers.
First place in the “Large Group Division” was awarded to the “Jurassic Park”-themed entry – which included Wade, Teresa, Hannah, Anthony, Parker Megown, Al and Lucas Sauers (some participants not shown)
Second Place: “Ghost Busters”, Monica, Tim, Joseph, Sage Shields.
Third Place: “Wizard of Oz”, Owen, Matthew, Zara Dee Branan, Karrissa Reitler, Logan Remaley
Fourth Place: “Fink Football”, Corey, Angela, Landon & Anna Fink.
Fifth Place: “Adams Family”, Luke, Bailey, Jade, Karson & Charlie Linnon. Sixth
Place: “Frankenstein”, Becky, Tatum and Grey Milligan, Jennifer Montero.
Small Group Division
First Place: “Little Mermaids”, Regina & Margot Mantini
Second Place: “Rapunzel” Calista & Amy Schaffhauser
Third Place: “Police Officer & Prisoner”, Quinten John, Barry Campbell.
Fourth Place: “Cry Babies”, Mia & Ella Morris.
Fifth Place: “Firefighters”, Kayla, Declan and Tom Tancraitor.
Sixth Place: “Hunters”, Brian & Colt Crytzer.
First Place: “Angel”, Bianca Bendi
Second Place: “Rocket Jetpack”, Troy Elwood.
Third Place: “T-Rex”, Zander Rehrer
Fourth Place: “Lion”, Striker the Dog with Hilary Klukan.
The parade was coordinated through the Ford City Activities Committee and the Ford City Lions Club.
All costumed participants received a gold monetary coin for participation in the parade.