Toccoa Costume Parade Friday

Toccoa is preparing for the annual downtown Halloween Costume Parade.

This year’s Halloween Costume Parade is Friday morning and it marks the 24th year that the Toccoa Main Street program is hosting the parade.

Preschool age children between the ages of two and five are invited to attend and Main Street Toccoa says that area pre-schools will also participate.

Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said that children should begin lining up at 9:45 a.m. at the corner of Alexander and Doyle streets for the parade to begin promptly at 10 a.m.

“We have judging there if your child would like (their costume) to be judged,” said Crosby. “But if not, they can just keep on walking and go down the street.”

Crosby said the parade will go down Doyle Street to Sage Street and cross Sage at Stewart’s Drugs, before continuing down Doyle Street to Dr. Kay Royal’s office.

The costume parade will then make its way back up Doyle Street to the intersection with Sage Street, where refreshments will be available and the award winners will be announced at the end of the parade.

Along the parade route, merchants will meet the children and give out Halloween treats, while volunteers and police will help participants along the route.

Meanwhile, prizes will be awarded for costume categories for a variety of different age groups and each child wishing to be judged should have their name and age clearly marked on a nametag to help the judges make their choices.

Crosby said parents and grandparents are invited to watch the parade or join the children in the parade.

She went on to say that Main Street is excited about this year’s parade, as the event seems to get bigger and bigger each year.

Everything should conclude by 11:30 a.m. or noon, said Crosby.