Postponed due to rain, Bethlehem’s Halloween parade commenced on a sunny Nov. 5 afternoon along city streets filled with spectators from Bethlehem and beyond.
Beginning on West Broad Street at 2 p.m., six divisions included four high school bands, four middle school bands, 16 elementary schools, several scout troops, a number of businesses, dance studios and more. The recent success of the Barbie movie was reflected by the number of pink Barbie costumes worn by parade participants.
As the parade moved along West Broad and Main streets, participants maintained the tradition of tossing candy to families and kids seated and standing along the parade route.
First place winners and categories are: National Museum of Industrial History, floats/large vehicles; Asylum Dance Project, large march groups; Marvine ES, schools; Cub Scout Pack #352, scouts; Lehigh Valley French Bulldogs, small march groups; Fountain Hill ES, mayor’s award; and William Allen HS Marching Band, committee award.
Press photos by Dana Grubb Parade #1: Division 1 of the Halloween parade starts down West Broad Street led by members of the Bethlehem Police Motorcycle Patrol.
Bethlehem's Mounted Police Patrol officers on their mounts are always a crowd favorite.
The Liberty HS Grenadier Band marches past at the start of the parade.
Students, staff and parents from Thomas Jefferson and Governor Wolfs elemntary schools walked the parade route together.
Parade #5: The William Allen HS Marching Band participated in addition to the 3 Bethlehem area high school bands.
This creepy clown was a passenger in a parade vehicle.
The Nitschmann MS Band performed, along with the other three BASD MS bands.
Two young princesses run down the middle of Broad Street.
A ghoul riding in a trolley waves to spectators.
Bethlehem Steelers youth sports players ride along the route.
Students at the Abstract Aerial Academy perform on the move.
Fountain Hill ES assistant principal Garrett Podhyski wore a tiger inflatable in honor of the school mascot.
The Bethlehem Catholic HS Golden Hawk Band performs during the parade.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBB Barbie was a popular costume and theme in this year's parade. Photos continue on A12-A13.
The largest skeleton in the parade passes by.
Cub Pack 352 was one of several scouting troops participating.
Bethlehem Township Athletic Association cheerleaders and athletes pass by with their chaperones.
The Broughal MS Band on West Broad Street.
A Donegan ES parade participan waves whien someone calls out her name waves.
The Bethlehem Parking Authority is blowing bubbles along the parade route.
A Freedom High School Patriot Band drum major leads her band mates.
Kids react to the parade.
A BASD yellow bus became the yellow submarine and is escorted by hippie and sea creature bus drivers.