Funkstown parade will go on

October 28, 1997


Staff Writer

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown's annual Halloween Parade, which came within a drumbeat of being canceled for the first time in at least 17 years, will go on as planned, officials said Monday.

"It is not canceled as far as we're concerned," Assistant Mayor Paul Crampton said late Monday afternoon.

Crampton said the town will put on the parade Thursday night if American Legion Post 211 cannot.

Jean Mapes, president of the legion's auxiliary, said Monday afternoon the parade had been canceled because legion officials were unable to get the needed permits.

After talking to the Maryland State Police and Maryland State Highway Administration, Crampton said getting the permits shouldn't be a problem.


Permits are required to close the roads for the parade, which moves along High and Baltimore streets and lasts about 15 to 20 minutes, officials said.

Mapes said she mailed an application for the permits to state highway officials about three or four weeks ago, but the office had not received the paperwork.

Crampton saved the day, said Mapes. "Thanks from us to him. I was stymied and didn't know what to do."

The parade, which features the town's children marching, has been a tradition since at least 1979, Mapes said.

Before news that the town would take over the parade, some Funkstown residents expressed disappointment as the possibility the parade might not be held.

In addition to the children marching, the E. Russell Hicks Middle School and South Hagerstown High School bands will perform, officials said.

The parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a party for town residents at the legion. The party will include a costume contest for children, Mapes said.

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