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Our Parade – Esther Prosser

By Esther Prosser

Monday, November 5, 2012

I hope you were out on Main Street on Wednesday evening, October 17 for our Elverson Halloween Parade. New this year was pre-parade music at three busy Main Street locations. Ring of Fire played at the Elverson Supply Company parking lot, the Cripple Creek Gang entertained at the deli porch and local musician, Chris Cameron strummed and sang at the Judges’ Stand on the west end. It was a 55 degree colorful fall evening with no wind. No gloves needed.
Few things get me more energized than when things happen in Elverson. On parade night, the town can be its own quiet self until about 5 pm. By 6, it’s organized chaos as school buses impede traffic while band members with their instruments unload. Trucks pulling decorated floats struggle to find their parade spot while countless parents drop off kids, racing off to hunt convenient parking. Twin Valley Fire Police are out in full force doing their best to keep it orderly and safe. All of it seems difficult for many but folks don’t seem to mind. Moods are positive; anticipation is enthusiastic. I feel like we’re in this together.
This year we had about 40 entries from school bands, scout groups, businesses, families and fire companies. The Twin Valley Family Fitness Center organized our Halloweeners, judging and entertaining the costumed kids before the parade . Our theme, Home Improvements, was generated from the Main Street improvements we’ve recently completed—not an easy theme to decorate around, but creative people did it well—again, no complaints.
By 9 pm, Route 23 is open, the sidewalks are empty, the traffic is slow. We’re back to calm, orderly Elverson.
I could go on and on about our quiet, quaint, neighborly town until you’re tired of hearing it. I am privileged to live and work here. And our annual Halloween Parade is one more reason why I love Elverson.