Toccoa Costume Parade Today

Halloween comes to downtown Toccoa later this morning.

The Toccoa Main Street program will host its annual downtown costume parade later this morning.

Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said they are excited for a good event.

“The costume parade this year will be our 22nd annual costume parade and we are real excited,” said Crosby. “The last few years, it has grown to several hundred children.”

Preschool age children between the ages of two and five are invited to attend. Area preschools will also be participating.

Crosby said that this year’s parade route would go down Doyle Street through the center of downtown.

“Children will line up in front of First Citizens Bank, by the Toccoa Record, and they will start there,” said Crosby. “We will have some judges there. If they would like to have their costumes judged, they will walk in front of the judge. Otherwise, they will just begin the parade there and walk down Doyle Street and walk three blocks down to Kay Royal’s office, then cross over and come back up Doyle Street. They will start lining up at 9:30 or 9:45 and we will start exactly at 10 a.m.”

Each child should have their name and age clearly marked on a nametag to help the judges make their choices. The Main Street program will provide treat bags.

Merchants will meet the children along the parade route, handing out Halloween goodies.

Parents and grandparents are invited to watch the parade or join their children in the parade. Volunteers will direct the participants along the route and policemen will help with street crossings.

The parade will end at the corner of Sage and Doyle streets, where refreshments will be served and the awards given out following the parade. Prizes will be in three different age groups, age 2 and under, age 3, and age 4 and above.

The parade events should be over by approximately 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call the Main Street office at 706-282-3309.