Halloween comes to Millersville

Kaitlin Specht
News Writer

“Halloween Comes to Millersville” was the theme for the 17th Annual Millersville Community Parade. Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, the parade made its way down George Street with over 150 participant entries from surrounding communities. Music, antique cars, performances, and handmade floats from children’s groups and other organizations, were featured in the parade. Police officers, governmental officials, emergency response workers, fire fighters, and current and past members of the US Armed Forces, made their way through the street bringing much celebration and excitement to the crowds lining the streets.

Millersville University welcomed the 17th Annual Millersville Community Parade on a chilly Saturday. Over 150 participants marched down George Street with a variety of music and handmade floats.
Millersville University welcomed the 17th Annual Millersville Community Parade on a chilly Saturday. Over 150 participants marched down George Street with a variety of music and handmade floats.

“This is my first time seeing the parade after six years, and this is the best one ever. The Star Wars guys were here and the ewoks…I love it,” said Gary Dunn, Millersville University alumni. “I just like how everyone comes together. The coolest part is that people from years and years ago come, their kids come. It’s just a combination of so many people and the parade’s actually big—it’s huge! This is a small little town, and when the parade’s here there’s twice as many people around than any other time. It’s an awesome experience,” he said.
“It was my first time at the parade and I had a really great time because everyone watching around me were having a great time,” said Chelsea Dalberto, a senior. “I also enjoyed seeing the people in the parade working the floats because they looked like they were enjoying themselves.”

The Philadelphia Phillies mascot, the Phillie Phanatic.
The Philadelphia Phillies mascot, the Phillie Phanatic.

The parade showcased different Halloween themes from the various performances and floats, music and costumes. Millersville University president, Dr. John A. Anderson, made an appearance on his bicycle warning the crowd to, “watch out for the zombies,” behind him while students “killed” the zombies chasing after them.
“It was really nice seeing the new president being involved in the parade,” said Dalberto. “I think it shows that he really wants to be involved.”
“It’s just interesting how it’s an entire community where we have everybody from the surrounding communities bring their families and everyone at the university getting together with their families for an event. It’s really fun,” said Kelly Snell, a senior.
“It’s awesome. I think this is the most fun I’ve had. This is the third one that I’ve been to,” said senior Courtland Hill.

A cowboy on his trusty steed show off for the camera.
A cowboy on his trusty steed show off for the camera.

Every year, Millersville’s Community Parade receives thousands of financial contributions from Millersville area businesses, Millersville University and the MU Alumni Association. This year’s Parade Grand Marshall, Andrew T. Scheid, was nominated by the Millersville Community Parade Committee.
“Halloween Comes to Millersville” was the theme for the 17th Annual Millersville Community Parade. Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, the parade made its way down George Street with over 150 participant entries from surrounding communities. Music, antique cars, performances, and handmade floats from children’s groups and other organizations, were featured in the parade. Police officers, governmental officials, emergency response workers, fire fighters, and current and past members of the US Armed Forces, made their way through the street bringing much celebration and excitement to the crowds lining the streets.

Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper march before a crowd of hundreds.
Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper march before a crowd of hundreds.

“This is my first time seeing the parade after six years, and this is the best one ever. The Star Wars guys were here and the ewoks…I love it,” said Gary Dunn, Millersville University alumni. “I just like how everyone comes together. The coolest part is that people from years and years ago come, their kids come. It’s just a combination of so many people and the parade’s actually big—it’s huge! This is a small little town, and when the parade’s here there’s twice as many people around than any other time. It’s an awesome experience,” he said.
“It was my first time at the parade and I had a really great time because everyone watching around me were having a great time,” said Chelsea Dalberto, a senior. “I also enjoyed seeing the people in the parade working the floats because they looked like they were enjoying themselves.”
The parade showcased different Halloween themes from the various performances and floats, music and costumes. Millersville University president, Dr. John A. Anderson, made an appearance on his bicycle warning the crowd to, “watch out for the zombies,” behind him while students “killed” the zombies chasing after them.
“It was really nice seeing the new president being involved in the parade,” said Dalberto. “I think it shows that he really wants to be involved.”

Floats, performers, and vehicles make a grand entrance.
Floats, performers, and vehicles make a grand entrance.

“It’s just interesting how it’s an entire community where we have everybody from the surrounding communities bring their families and everyone at the university getting together with their families for an event. It’s really fun,” said Kelly Snell, a senior.
“It’s awesome. I think this is the most fun I’ve had. This is the third one that I’ve been to,” said senior Courtland Hill.
Every year, Millersville’s Community Parade receives thousands of financial contributions from Millersville area businesses, Millersville University and the MU Alumni Association. This year’s Parade Grand Marshall, Andrew T. Scheid, was nominated by the Millersville Community Parade Committee based on his contributions to the Millersville community.
At least 165 Diamond Sponsors, Emerald Sponsors, Ruby Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, Silver Sponsors, Jade Sponsors, Friends, and Community Patrons have contributed $150 or more in contributions towards the parade. Among the top 2013 Diamond Sponsors included: Millersville Borough; Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home; Millersville University Alumni Association; Hoober Inc.; Triangle Communications; Millersville University; and Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory.
Emerald Sponsors, Ruby Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, Silver Sponsors, and Jade Sponsors included: Herr Foods; Murry Development; Oak Leaf Manor; Student Lodging, Inc.; Student Services, Inc.; John Herr’s Village Market; Penn Manor School District; PNC Bank-Millersville; Rhoads Energy; APEX Advertising, Inc.; Benchmark Construction; Millersville Manor VFW Post 7294; HH and Fay Kramer; Richard and Margaret Moriarty; Stauffers of Kissel Hill; and Susquehanna Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram; Barn Door Restaurant; Billie-Jean’s, LLC; One 20NE Computer Services, Inc.; Shank’s Extracts, Inc.; St. Philips Apostle Catholic Church; Susquehanna Bank; Tobias S. Frogg; and UGI Utilities, Inc.
The rest of the sponsors may be viewed on the Millersville’s Community Parade website along with the winners of this year’s competitions and more.
To learn more about the history of Millersville’s Community Parade,
please visit: http://www.parade.millersville.edu.