Halloween Parade celebrates 20 years

The Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade is 20 years old this year and we hope you will help us celebrate!

The parade is Sunday, October 26, 2014. New this year is the “House Decorating Contest!” Details will be announced later but generally homes within the Borough will be judged on how creatively they decorate their homes with a Halloween theme. There will be 3 prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Groups and businesses that have participated in the parade over the years include:

Fire companies, Brownies, Boy Scouts, schools, sports, dance teams, animal shelters, storage facilities, police, political parties, elected officials, campgrounds and chorus groups.

Special thank you to our major sponsors who help pay the cost to have marching bands in our parade: Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank, Mauch Chunk Trust Company, and Kresge Electric.

Please click here to register your group, business, or organization to join us for the 20th Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade. It’s free and it’s fun!

Logistics:

  • Start time: 4:00 from Jim Thorpe Area High School, 1 Olympian Way, Jim Thorpe
  • Line-up time: 3:00
  • Parade will go down Center St to Ninth and over to North Street
  • Viewing stand at St Joseph’s Church with judges for best group and best float
  • Turn on 2nd to Center St. for disbanding
  • Buses will take parade participants to Memorial Hall for awards and snacks including candy for the kids who participate

 

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19th Annual Halloween Parade Line-up

Parade day is almost here! It’s Sunday, Oct. 27 and starts at 4 p.m. Line-up is at 3 p.m. at the High School.

Here’s the line-up:
DIVISION I

1.1              Jim Thorpe Police Department & Mayor Sofranko
1.2              Dolan – Jones-  Martino Post 304: American Legion Jim Thorpe
1.3              Grand Marshall – Francis C. O’Donnell
1.4              Jim Thorpe Lions Club
1.5              PA Girl Scout Troop 30134 “Girl Scout are ‘Pow’erful”
1.6              Carbon County Lion/Lioness 2013 Fair Queen and Court
1.7              Jim Thorpe High School Band “The Marching Dead”
1.8              Committee to Elect Doyle Heffley
1.9              Cub Pack 138 “Miners”
1.10            Jim Thorpe National Bank “You’re in Paradise when you bank at JTNB”             DIVISION II
2.1                 Jim Thorpe Fire Department
2.2                 East Mauch Chunk Eatery
2.3                 Girl Scout Troop #34029 “Sticking with Girl Scouts”
2.4                 Bowmanstown Fire Company
2.5                 Available Storage
2.6                 Dance Explosion “Thriller:
2.7                 Carbon County Republicans
2.8                 Girl Scouts of Nesquehoning – “We Go Batty for Girls Scouts
2.9                 Our Lady of the Angels Academy Band – Batman Theme
2.10               Carbon County Democrats
2.11               Carbon C.A.R.T.
2.12               Carbon County Friends of Animals
2.13               Mauch Chunk Motorheads
DIVISION III
3.1              Daisy & Girl Scouts 30138 “The Brownie Story”
3.2              Committee to Elect Jean Papay
3.3              Rendano Family Cinderella & Prince Charming
3.4              Perseverance Jazz Band
3.5              Daisy Girl Scout Troop 30133 “Helping Our Daisies Grow”
3.6              Stepps Hauling & Recycling
3.7              Dollar & More Horror Float
3.8              Girl Scout Troops 34092 & 30137
3.9              Forks of the Delaware Shriner’s Club – Tin Lizzies
3.10            Class of 1964
3.11            Juke Box Cruisers Car Club
3.12            Santa Claus

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The 19th Annual Parade is Sunday Oct. 27

We’re planning the 19th annual community Halloween parade and hope that you and your business or organization will participate. Groups that have participated over the years include:

Fire companies, Brownies, Boy Scouts, schools, sports, dance teams, animal shelters, storage facilities, police, political parties, elected officials, campgrounds and chorus groups.

Please click here to register your group, business, or organization to join us for the 19th Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade. It’s free and it’s fun!

Logistics:

  • Start time: 4:00 from Jim Thorpe Area High School, 1 Olympian Way, Jim Thorpe
  • Line-up time: 3:00
  • Parade will go down Center St to Ninth and over to North Street
  • Channel 13 will be at the Bott Building taping the parade
  • Viewing stand at St Joseph’s Church with judges for best group and best float
  • Turn on 2nd back on Center for disbanding
  • Buses will take parade participants to Memorial Hall for awards and snacks including candy for the kids who participate

 

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2012 Parade has a new date!

The 2012 Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade has a new day — Saturday! This will allow us to plan for a rain date which will be the following Sunday. So, please get your best ghoulish costumes ready to march down North St. and scare the fun out of the community!
Click here to register!

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The 2011 Parade Line-up is published

The 17th Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade is Sunday, Oct. 30. The parade, which is a Jim Thorpe Lions Club project, is 100% bigger than last year! It starts at 4 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Area High School and will proceed south on Center St to 9th Street and turn onto North St. It will end at 2nd and Center Streets where buses will take parade participants to Memorial Hall for refreshments and the award ceremony.

The parade will begin forming at 3:00 at Jim Thorpe Area High School.

First, second and third place awards will be given to floats and organizations at Memorial Park.
Everyone is invited to view the parade which will pass the judges at St. Joseph’s Church on North St.

The lineup for the 17th Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween parade is as follows:

• Jim Thorpe Police Department and Mayor Sofranko
• Carbon County Sheriff’s Department
• Robert Marzen, Sr./Harold Queen representing over 100 years of Lions Club Service (both 50 years) plus members of Jim Thorpe Lions Club
• Jim Thorpe Lions Club
• Jim Thorpe Lioness Club
• Brownie Troop 34029 Jim Thorpe “Gingerbread people”
• Carbon County Lion/Lioness 2011 Fair Queen and Court
• Jim Thorpe National Bank
• Girl Scouts – Daisy – “Candy Girls”
• Girl Scouts – Cadet’s – “Smores”
• McDonald’s – Nesquehoning “Come in for a bite”
• Rep. Doyle Heffley
• Jim Thorpe High School Band
• L.B. Morris Elementary School “Be a hero stand up to bullies”
• Carbon County Republican Committee
• Jim Thorpe Fire Department
• Jim Thorpe Camping Resort “Scary Campers”
• Brownie Girl Scout Troop 30134
• Paddy the Irish Santa Claus
• St. Joseph Regional Academy “Trick or Treaters”
• Penn Forest Fire Co. #1
• East Carbon County Democrat Club
• West Penn Pool Team “Bone Yard Band”
• GSH PA Girl Scout Troop 34289 “Cosmo Brownies”
• Bowmanstown Vol. Fire Company
• Michael Reese “Traveling Grave Yard”
• Carbon County Democrats
• Perseverance Jazz Band
• VFW Post 294
• Olde Time Christmas J.T.
• John McGuire/Lou Hall J.T. Borough Candidates
• Shamrock Container Company
• Victorian Festival Committee “Switchback Railroad”
• Steibler’s Plumbing and Heating, Nesquehoning
• Girl Scout Troop 34288 “Pirates Far from the Caribbean”
• Forks of the Delaware Shriner’s Club “Tin Lizzies”
• Cub Scout Pack 138, Jim Thorpe
• Juke Box Cruisers Car Club
• Santa Claus

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The 2011 Parade is Set!

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club is proud to make the annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade a Lions Club project beginning this year. Our goal is to make the parade bigger and better than ever and continue to play a big part in our community.

This year the parade route will start at the High School and continue down Center St. to Ninth and then turn onto North St. It will end at 2nd and Center Street where buses courtesy of Kuhns Transportation will take participants to Memorial Hall for the annual Halloween parade and awards.

Please join us this year and participate with your group, organization or business.

Click here for the registration form.

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Photos from the 2010 Parade

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2010 Float & Group Winners

Congratulations to all of the participants of the Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade! Thank you to our judges, Wes Johnson, town manager, Bill Diehm, fire chief and Jim Thorpe’s greatest fan Dookie.

Here are the winners:
Group
3rd Place: Girl Scout Troop #4024
2nd Place: Jim Thorpe Youth Soccer
1st Place: Jim Thorpe Brownie Troop #30162 & Daisy Troop #3013

Float
3rd Place: LB Morris Elementary School, “Say Boo to Drugs”
2nd Place: Cub Scout Pack 138, “Great Outdoors”
1st Place: Friends & Survivors of Cancer Float, “Fishing for a Cure”

Click here for the full line-up and thank you all again!

Next parade: Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.

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Judging Criteria

The judges will be using the following criteria to award first, second and third place to floats and organizations. The float or organization with the most points wins.

General Effect/Execution in Presentation ( 25 points)
How well does the Parade Float or Performance group present their work?  Was its execution during the Parade creative and fun?  How well did the Parade Float or Performance Group entertain the audience? There were no mistakes with execution of any kind, or, if there were, the mistakes did not take away from the overall presentation.

Workmanship (25 points)
The craftsmanship in Parade Float creation uses specific details and objects of color and appeal.  What was the level of construction difficulty?  Are there “moving parts” on the Float?  Easily assembled Floats or those that appear to not have much forethought may receive fewer points.  It is obvious that creative thought and time was put into the workmanship of the Parade Float and the use of unique materials.  The Performance Group designed a difficult routine, has appealing movements and reflects the use of creative thought and time. Uniform/costume reflects well upon the performance.

Originality (25 points)
The Parade Float design impresses the audience and judges with its overall uniqueness in appearance and presentation.  The Performance Group impresses the audience and judges with a unique routine and
appearance.

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Thank you to our donors!

The Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade Committee would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for supporting the 2010 parade. This list is not final and donations are still being accepted. Please click here for more information and THANK YOU!

Charles Getz
Mason Car Wash
Mauch Chunk Trust Company
Norb Lienhard Jr. & Family
The Inn at Jim Thorpe
American Legion Post 304
Flights of Fancy
Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce
Rainbows End
Ronald J. Sheehan, County Treasurer
Jim Thorpe National Bank
John Drury (provides sound system too!)
Smith’s Country Store
Wildoner Insurance Agency

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