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Funkstown marches to spooky beat

October 27, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

FUNKSTOWN - Princesses, soldiers, ghouls and superheroes of all kinds took to the streets Thursday night for Funkstown's annual Halloween parade.

Linda Grimm and her grandson, Tucker Drill, claimed their spots on Baltimore Street a half-hour before the parade started. Grimm's husband, Jeff, used to march in the parade when he played in the South Hagerstown High School marching band.

The family from Hagerstown planned to eat dinner while they watched the parade, Jeff Grimm said.

Tucker, 4, said he likes Halloween because of trick-or-treating, and that his favorite part of the parade is the music. Tucker is dressing as a firefighter this Halloween, but his grandmother said he changes his mind about what costume he wants almost every day.

People congregated at the corner of Antietam and Baltimore streets to watch the parade, which was led by an AMVETS honor guard. Some people stayed out of the cold and watched the parade from inside their cars. Others sat on top of their cars to get a better view of the parade, which is sponsored by the Town of Funkstown and Funkstown American Legion Post 211.

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The parade started at the corner of High and Baltimore streets and headed down Baltimore Street to the Funkstown American Legion parking lot.

About 100 costumed children and their parents paraded down the street. A witch pushed a little bear in a stroller, and a ladybug too tired to walk had to be carried.

One smiling boy, dressed as a calculator, seemed particularly proud of his costume.

Anthony Pappas, 7, of Funkstown, dressed as Batman and walked along with his dog, Summer, dressed as Wonder Woman.

The E. Russell Hicks Middle School marching band played patriotic tunes, including "America the Beautiful," while the color guard performed.

South Hagerstown High School's band ended the parade, marching along to cheers from a large group of band parents gathered on the street corner.

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