The organizers of the long-running, spooky annual Holloween Parade will be back this year after last year’s cancellation amid the coronavirus pandemic, the volunteer firefighters who run the event have announced.
“The Toms River Fire Company No.1 is pleased to announce that the Toms River Halloween Parade is scheduled for 2021 and is scheduled for Saturday, October 30,” the announcement said on the township website.
“The Toms River Halloween Parade, which began in 1937 as a local municipal Halloween event, is now the second largest in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records,” the announcement added, adding. reference to an unsuccessful attempt two decades ago to shatter New York City’s attendance record, when the Toms River event reportedly drew 100,000 spectators. “People from all over Ocean County come to the parade route to watch the floats, bands, organizations, families and children in costume.”
The parade begins at 7 p.m. at Toms River Mall at the corner of Highland Parkway and Rt. 166 / Main St. It will walk down Main Street, before turning left on Washington Street and ending at the corner of Washington Street and Hooper Ave . Parade observers will be kept south of Highland Parkway.
The parade will be broadcast live on the Toms River Fire Co. # 1 Facebook page.
Registration for this year’s parade will take place on parade day only, at the Henry Runco Fire Station on Robbins Street between Washington Street and Water Street, according to the announcement.
The parade was canceled last year, seven months after the start of the coronavirus pandemic, in accordance with an executive order in effect at the time limiting the size of outdoor gatherings to 500 people, issued by Governor Phil Murphy in as part of the coronavirus state of emergency.
But citing widespread vaccination rates, declining hospitalizations and other signs of progress in the fight against COVID-19, Murphy last spring lifted the state of health emergency and any numerical limit on participation in domestic events. or exterior.
The parade date of October 30 – the eve of Halloween – is in keeping with the custom to avoid scheduling it on a Sunday, when Halloween falls this year. The rainy date is Monday November 1st.
The ad noted that the parade has only been canceled three times in its history: during the Great Depression; during Storm Sandy in 2012; and last year in the midst of the pandemic.
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