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66th annual Halloween parade set for Wednesday, 10/21/15

The 66th annual Halloween parade, sponsored by the South Cumberland Business and Civic Association

will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The evening will begin with the judging of costumed mummers at 5:30 p.m. at Smith Park, located between

Race and Seymour Streets. Prizes will be limited to individuals 15 years of age and younger. The Grand Mummer

trophy is being donated by The Sports Shoppe.

The Grand Mummer and winners of the judging will lead the parade and will be introduced at the reviewing stand

by Helen Combs, chairwoman of the judges. All mummers as well as the winners will walk the parade route to

show their various costumes. Parents of the mummers are encouraged to accompany their child through the parade route.

The reviewing stand will again be located in the parking lot of the HRDC building at 125 Virginia Avenue.

Parade participants are to form in their designated areas beginning at 6 p.m. The first division units are to enter

their formation area from Oldtown Road, turning down Pennsylvania Avenue. The division captains will

direct the units to their line-up area.

The units participating in the second through tenth divisions are to enter their formation areas by using

Industrial Boulevard and turning up the street their division forms on and proceed to their formation area

where division captains will direct the units to their position.  These units should not try to enter the area

from Oldtown Road or any side streets.


Individuals dropping off participants in any of the parade units should not attempt to drive on any of the streets

upon which the parade is forming.

Buses carrying high school bands and their equipment trucks/trailers are to proceed to the disbanding area once they

have unloaded. Parade spectators are reminded to park their vehicles and walk to their desired location to view the

parade to alleviate unnecessary congestion in the formation areas. No vehicles are to be using First Street through

Fourth Street during the formation and parade time unless they are units of the parade.

All formation areas and streets, to include alleys leading to them, will be closed at 5:30 p.m. No parking will be

allowed on these streets after 4 p.m. parade night. Those streets affected are Virginia Avenue, West Industrial

Boulevard from Virginia Avenue to West Third Street, East First Street from Virginia Avenue to Wempe Drive, South

Street from First Street to West Industrial Boulevard, Pennsylvania Avenue from Oldtown Road to Fourth Street,

Seymour Street from First Street to Fourth Street and Grand Avenue from First Street to Second Street. Race

Street will remain open for emergency vehicles.

The parade will move west on East First Street to Virginia Avenue, then south to West Industrial Boulevard.

Parade participants and parents are reminded that disbanding is not to occur at the corner of Virginia Avenue

and West Industrial Boulevard, but in the area between Kirk Auto Sales and West Third Street.

Parade participants are reminded that no candy or other items are to be thrown to spectators during the parade.

Candy or handouts are to be distributed during the parade by walking the sides of the street to hand items directly

to the spectators.

Businesses contributing to the 2015 Halloween Parade are Adams Family Funeral Home, Squires Electric, First United

Bank & Trust, Metz Electric, Potomac Federal Credit Union, Burgmeier's Hauling, VIP Limousine, Ltd., Waynes

Gulf/Chris Howell, Rocky's Auto Service, Mayor Brian K. Grim, Snurr's Meat Co. and Timbrook Automotive.

The parade line-up is as follows:

First Division (forms on First Street from Arch Street to Pennsylvania Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue to Oldtown Road):

Cumberland Police Department, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 Color Guard, Parade Marshal Colleen Burke,

Northern Garrett High School Marching Band, Allegany County Tourism Trolley carrying winners of the Halloween

Shoe Box Float Contest, Maryland State Police, State Senator George C. Edwards, Jason Buckel, House of

Delegates, Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson, Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine, City of

Cumberland Fire Department, ABATE of Western Maryland, Emerick Trucking, Mountainside Marines, Cresaptown

Eagle Riders, Allegany/Mineral County Crime Solvers, First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union, Columbia

Gas of Maryland with Digger Dog, C.F.D. Retired Engine #4, REVV and Fire and Ice Rods & Customs.

Second Division (forms on South Street from First Street to Second Street):

Cumberland Correctional Complex Honor Guard, Allegany Marching Band and Arrowettes, Allegany High

School Homecoming Court, West Side Hunters Pee Wee Football Team and Cheerleaders, Golden Living Center,

Ray of Hope Inc., WFRB/GO 106, Snurr's Meat Company, Steppin' Out Dance Studio, A&B Appliance and

"The Crypt" – A Haunted House at Mezzo's in Downtown Cumberland.


Third Division (forms on East First Street between South Street and Wempe Drive): The Hampshire Band, the Ali

Ghan Shrine and Re Temple 118 Daughters of the Nile.


Fourth Division (forms on South Street from Second Street to Fourth Street): Bedford High School Marching

Band, Allegany Health Nursing & Rehab, McKinlee Dotson 2015 Sunkissed Princess, Warriorettes Drill Team,

Vicky L. Brenneman State Farm Insurance, Braddock Warrior Cheerleaders, Dixon Dance Studio, Second Baptist

AWANA, SHOP from Center for Career & Technical Education and Cumberland Saints Pee Wee Football Team.


Fifth Division (forms on South Street from Fourth Street to West Industrial Boulevard: Paw Paw Schools Marching

Band, Junior Miss Sunkissed 2015 Alyson Mellon & Little Miss Sunkissed 2015 Jolene Whetstone, Patriettes Dance

Team, Little Caesars, Fusion YMCA Dance Crew & Y Dance Program, Acting Out for ALS, Bill Price/Cow

Train, Buckley's Towing/Cumberland Cardinals Pee Wee Football Team and Cheerleaders and Ridgeley V.F.D.


Sixth Division (forms on Pennsylvania Avenue from First Street to Second Street): HOPE for Hyndman

Charter School Marching Band, Miss Allegany County Outstanding Teen – Callie Shade, Riverside BMX,

Arion Band, HOPE Station, Capering Kids 4-H Goat Club, Just Stik-It Vinyl, Cresaptown Eagles Pee Wee

Football Team & Cheerleaders


Seventh Division (forms on Pennsylvania Avenue from Second Street to Fourth Street): Mountain Ridge

High School Miners Marching Band, Frostburg Dance Academy Performance Troupe, Timbrook Auto,

Allegany Radio, Redneck Fishing Club, Tri-State Cruzers, Cumberland Raiders Football Team and Cheerleaders,

Sponaugle Towing and Race Car, and Ellerslie V.F.C.


Eighth Division (forms on Seymour Street from First Street to Second Street): Bishop Walsh Marching Band,

Bishop Walsh Homecoming Court, Bishop Walsh Middle School Cheerleaders, Lepley's Dance Studio, The Strawberry

Dog, Glory House Ministries, Roy Rogers Restaurants, Tri-State Zoo, EL-ART Tribute to Elvis, Classic Car

Wash and Allegany College of Maryland.


Ninth Division (forms on Seymour Street from Second Street to Fourth Street): Frankfort High School Band,

Miss Mineral County Fair Queen Keana Cozatt, Ridgeley Hawks Pee Wee Football, Western Maryland Stags

Semi-Pro Football Team, The American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Allegany College of Maryland's N.A.A.C.P.

Club, The Will's Mountain Cloggers, Clyde Noland 2005 Ford F-150, AMCOM and Bowman's Addition V.F.C.


Tenth Divison (forms on Grand Avenue from First Street to Second Street): Fort Hill Homecoming Court,

Fort Hill Cheerleaders, "Sentinel Sam," Fort Hill High School Marching Band and Sentinelettes and District 16 V.F.D.


All questions about the parade and lineup should be directed to the volunteer Parade Organizer,

Marsha Thomas, at 301-722-6070.








Downtown Cumberland

Haunted House




The Crypt: A Haunted House at Mezzos in Downtown Cumberland,

is open every Friday and Saturday in October, including Halloween Night.

A special opening will also take place on Thursday, October 29.


The doors are open for tours from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and the

event supports local non profit agencies including County United Way,

the Volunteer Team of Rocky Gap State Park and Cumberland

Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.


Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.  Full details are

on Facebook and can be found at CumberlandCrypt.com.