The City of Allentown’s 2012 Halloween Parade went off without a raindrop on Sunday, November 4th, after being postponed from the previous Sunday due to the on-coming Hurricane Sandy. Those who braved the cold and damp weather were treated to a delightful mix of marching bands, dance groups, auto clubs, community organizations, and cultural groups like Puertorriqueños Unidos, who dazzled the crowd with their colorful costumes while they danced to Latin music.
Approximately 60 groups, divided into nine divisions of marchers and floats made their way down Hamilton Street from the start of the parade at the Allentown Fairgrounds to the conclusion at Ninth & Hamilton streets. Mayor Ed Pawlowski walked the parade route delivering candy to the children who lined the parade route.
“Nothing puts smiles on faces like candy,” said the Mayor. “The kids got a bonus this year with the rescheduled parade, getting candy a week after Halloween. I know a lot of people in Allentown have been struggling without power, so this gave them a chance to take a break and enjoy themselves for an hour or so.”
The panel of judges recognized the following award winners…
1st Place – Harrison Morton Middle School $500.00
2nd Place – Trexler Middle School $300.00
3rd Place – Allentown Central Catholic High School $200.00
1st Place – Cub Scout Pack 146 $500.00
2nd Place – Brownie Troop 6408 $300.00
3rd Place – West End Youth Center $200.00
1st Place – Puerto Rican Culture Preservation Org. $300.00
2nd Place – Gress Mountain Ranch $200.00
3rd Place – Girl Scout Troop 690 $100.00
DANCE GROUPS RECOGNIZED
Born into the Arts
HALA (Hispanic American League of Artist)