Perfect night for West Chester Halloween Parade

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Thousands turned out for the annual West Chester Halloween Parade Thursday evening. The Henderson High School Marching Band joined in the fun. (Pete Bannan)

Thousands turned out for the annual West Chester Halloween Parade Thursday evening. The Henderson High School Marching Band joined in the fun. (Pete Bannan)

WEST CHESTER — The rain may have delayed the annual West Chester Halloween Parade by a day, but it didn’t stop people from swarming to the streets of the borough Thursday night.

It was a perfect night for parade participants and the crowd with clear, starry skies and a cool temperature that was just right.

For Ryan Largoza, 4, the warm temperatures allowed him to dress as one of his favorite characters, Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story.”

“It’s our first time to the parade,” said Ryan’s mother, Kristi. “I follow a bunch of mom sites on Facebook and I found out about this.”

The duo live in the Downingtown Area School District and made the trek just in time to scope out a good spot to watch.

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“He’s mesmerized and it’s our first Halloween parade,” Largoza said. “This is great.”

The parade was filled with all sorts of entertainment and groups, from Miss West Chester University and the Desiree Catania Dance Center to the American Helicopter Museum’s float and even Santa Claus riding in a taxi cab.

Entertaining the crowd musically were marching bands from West Chester East, West Chester Henderson and West Chester Rustin high schools, along with West Chester University’s Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band.

Cheerleaders from all three West Chester high schools, plus Bishop Shanahan and Peirce Middle School put on a performance, as well as several other dance groups and even live bands on floats.

Girl and Boy Scout troops also took part in the parade.

“I’m pretty excited,” said Jimmy Blair, 9, a member of Cub Scout Pack 110. “I’m a ninja because it’s cool.”

It wasn’t just the kids and parents dressing up in costume.

Adoptable dogs from the Chester County SPCA donned costumes to walk with their volunteers.

“They’re getting a lot of attention and it’s good for them,” said Barbara Schlemger, a CCSPCA volunteer. “It gets them used to noise and people. It’s just all good.”

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