A grand celebration of Halloween in Anoka

Tens of thousands lined the streets for Anoka Halloween’s annual Grand Day Parade Saturday afternoon.

Following the 5k Gray Ghost Run, there was a new twist to the parade when the T6 Thunder kicked it off with a fly-over.

The planes made several passes over the crowds that lined East and West Main streets, along with Fifth Avenue.

Other weekend Anoka Halloween events included the Spooktacular Carnival at the Anoka Armory, the Anoka Royal Ambassador Coronation and the Kiwanis pancake breakfast.

In the week leading up to the Grand Day Parade, Anoka Halloween also hosted the Big Parade of Little People Friday afternoon, the annual wine tasting, Light up the Night Parade, pumpkin carving, Anoka Halloween Amazing Race and other family-friendly activities.

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 The T6 Thunder kicked off the Grand Day Parade with a flyover of downtown Anoka with World War II-era planes. The Anoka American Legion Post 102 Color Guard.
Anoka American Legion Post 102 leadership in the Grand Day Parade. The Army band kept the beat, playing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as it crossed the Rum River bridge. Members of the Anoka Post 102 American Legion Riders joined the parade An Oompa Loompa from Federal Cartridge Company hands out candy along the parade route. Parade grand marshals Morris and Yvonne Jenson.
Anoka Royal Ambassador candidates ride atop a fire truck for the parade. More Anoka Royal Ambassador candidates rode on a vintage fire truck. The Anoka High School Marching Band. Selling Halloween novelties along the parade route. Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart waves to the crowds.
Waiting for their share of the Halloween candy loot. A unicorn even made a special appearance at the parade. Anoka Mayor Phil Rice waves to the crowd. He and his wife Chris were dressed as Viking/Packer rivals in advance of Sunday’s big game. No question here where to put the candy. Boy Scout troops joined in the fun to hand out candy.
The Braven School of Music offered up live music performances on its float. Da Band plays for the crowd before serenading the official parade judges.
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Anoka Mayor Phil Rice waves to the crowd. He and his wife Chris were dressed as Viking/Packer rivals in advance of Sunday’s big game.