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  • Square Halloween parade set for Saturday

  • It should be sunny and warm when the annual Independence Halloween Parade steps off this afternoon.

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  • It should be sunny and warm when the annual Independence Halloween Parade steps off this afternoon.
    The 62nd annual parade, organized by the Independence Chamber of Commerce, starts at 3 p.m., when the forecast calls for clear skies and temperatures in the upper 60s. The chamber says about 5,000 people attend the parade each year.
    The parade follows a familiar route around and through the Square. It starts on Walnut Avenue near Spring Street and goes east. At Main Street, it goes north for two blocks, then west for three blocks on Lexington Avenue, back to Spring. At that point, the parade turns north on Spring and goes several blocks (past Truman Road), then veers to the northwest on Bess Truman Parkway and ends at McCoy Park.
    In another annual tradition, merchants on the Square will welcome trick-or-treaters from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Participating merchants will have balloons hanging outside their storefronts.
    The parade includes floats, school marching bands, dance clubs, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, tractors and classic cars. Entries are judged in four categories: Commercial Division, Adult Division, Youth Division and Open Division.
    The emcee of the parade is Shotgun Jackson, afternoon disc jockey on 106.5 The Wolf.  
    Centerpoint Medical Center of Independence is the parade’s sponsor.

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