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Children, parents in costumes have a ball at Funkstown parade

October 26, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

FUNKSTOWN - Superheroes and villains, princesses and monsters, and one giant box of french fries marched through Funkstown Thursday night during the town's annual Halloween parade.

For about an hour, a three-block stretch of Baltimore Street played host to hundreds of children and parents eager to show off their costumes.

People gathered on the sidewalks and peered out from their second-story windows to watch the parade, which started at the corner of High and Baltimore streets and finished at the Funkstown American Legion.

"It brings the town together," said Tammy Lorshbaugh, who rode in the parade on a decorated golf cart with her sons, who took turns tossing candy to the crowd.

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The Lorshbaughs came down the street just before the E. Russell Hicks Middle School marching band, which played to cheers from parents and others gathered on the sidewalk.

Ann Marie Wirfs smiled as her son, Eric, a seventh-grader at E. Russell Hicks, marched by with the band. Wirfs said her older son, Tyler, a saxophone player with the South Hagerstown High School marching band, also would be in the parade.

"This is the first time they've both marched in the parade together," Wirfs said.

The middle-school band was followed by a group of costumed children and adults.

The crowd featured a "Ratatouille," more than a few "Scream" masks and one self-proclaimed "King of Cheese."

As the crowd of characters marched by, a young girl yelled out at costumes she recognized.

"It's Santa Claus! And a doctor!"

David Ridenour, whose 3-year-old daughter, McKenzie, was dressed as Snow White, said the crowd of costumes is his favorite part of the event.

"Anybody can march along," Ridenour said. "It's a real hometown event."

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