Rotary Club has fun, goodies lined up for Halloween parade

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – The Mays Landing Rotary Club will hold its annual Halloween parade 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. In existence since for more than 60 years, the parade is the oldest Halloween parade in Atlantic County, according to the organizers.

Richard Manin, club president, said the club is having the parade on Tuesday because it is mischief night, and the members hope the parade will deter kids from getting into mischief.

The best place to watch the parade is on Main Street, he said. The parade will start on Wheaton Avenue, march down Main Street, and end up at St. Vincent De Paul Church, where participants and spectators can enjoy refreshments after the parade. The refreshments will include brownies, apple cider, doughnuts and other goodies.

All are welcome to participate in the parade, and entry is free. Manin said that anyone who wants to participate can call him at (609) 909-9911 or Fred Kneble, Halloween parade chairman, at (609) 625-3286.

Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

In recent years, the Hamilton Township municipal government cut back on finances and was no longer able to supply security for the parade. However, despite the lack of financial support from the township, the Rotary Club has found other ways to fund its parade, including donations and help from different organizations.

The Mays Landing Merchants Association has contributed, as did the Unity Masonic Lodge in Mays Landing, which will also be serving hot cocoa and coffee to guests before the parade, and making its restrooms available, according to Manin.

Contributions can be sent to the Mays Landing Rotary Club, or call Kneble or Manin to donate. All contributors will be mentioned the day of the parade.

Manin is setting his expectations on a big turnout.

"We've had over 4,000 people attend in the past, and we hope to have the same this year," Manin said.

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