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New Haven to host 105th Halloween parade in Connellsville

| Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 6:36 a.m.

Ghosts and goblins, witches and zombies, scarecrow and tin man, Dorothy and Toto and many more will be among the costumed marchers in the annual Connellsville Halloween Parade to be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 29.

New Haven Hose Company has sponsored this event every year, this being the 105th consecutive year.

“We always get a good crowd of onlookers lining the sidewalks to watch and plenty of participants who march. It's a fun time for the community,” said New Haven Hose President Joe Mancuso Jr. “The Mighty Falcon Marching Band and the Molinaro Band are in the parade every year and they are important to have. They add the music and we're glad to have them.”

The parade will form at 6 p.m. on Green Street before following the usual route: Start at South Pittsburgh and Green streets on the South Side, proceed north on Pittsburgh Street to Brimstone Corner, turn west onto Crawford Avenue, cross the bridge and march on to Seventh Street, disbanding at New Haven Hose fire station.

“We take pride in being able to sponsor this parade for the community each October. The Halloween parade is the longest parade of the year. We get a good showing from surrounding fire companies who bring their equipment and participate. The spectators enjoy the sirens and flashing lights,” said Mayor Charles Matthews, co-chairman of the event and New Haven Hose Company trustee.

There are many categories awarded for winning costumes each year. Schools, clubs, dance studios, sports teams, groups and individuals have the chance to win money based on their creativity. Scout troops, boys and girls, are great supporters of the parade, as are those who like to dress up their pets to walk the parade route. There are prizes for most original, most creative, most unusual, prettiest, scariest, funniest and more.

The firemen said they are surprised by something new each year and enjoy seeing the crazy ideas people and groups come up with. Prizes for floats are awarded, too. There is more than $1,000 in prize money given out.

As marchers reach the New Haven fire station on Seventh Street, all parade participants and other youths from the area will be treated to apple cider, hot chocolate, hot dogs and treats in the fire hall.

The New Haven Hose Company volunteers put together more than 1,000 treat bags each year and cook 1,000 hot dogs.

“Anyone interested in marching in the parade, either as an individual or with a group, should pre-register either by mailing in the form appearing in this newspaper or contacting me at 724-628-8300 during the day,” said John Truxel, parade chairman.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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