Some 7,000 spectators bundled up and beat the wind, eager to witness the annual Big Parade of Little People making its way down Main Street, Anoka, the afternoon of Oct. 26.
Pint-sized ghosts and ghouls and costumed kids of all sorts giggled and growled as they promenaded from city hall to Lyric Arts.
Marching bands from District 11 middle schools also joined in the fun. And don’t forget the World’s Largest (and Only) Marching Orchestra, a gathering of stringed-instrument-playing students from Anoka Middle School for the Arts.
Appearances were also made in the parade by the leading Anoka Halloween button sales-kids (Allie McNamara of St. Stephen’s, Reese Dehen of Franklin Elementary and Daniel Shaw of Wilson Elementary); 2012 Anoka Royal Ambassadors Lexi Bergevin, Becca Jarson and Katrina Funder; Anoka Youth Service Award winners Brad and Deb Holmbo; and Anoka Youth Citizenship Award winners Tanner McArdle and Karen Larson.
Sue Austreng is at firstname.lastname@example.org