PIQUA — The Annual Piqua Kiwanis Halloween Parade is gearing up for another exciting night on Wednesday, Oct. 26. This is the 60th anniversary of the parade, which was begun in 1956 by Joe Thoma Jr. Mark Wion, Kiwanian of the Year, will serve as grand marshal of the parade.
The evening’s festivities will begin with judging of costumes promptly at 6:15 p.m. in the Unity National Bank parking lot, with the parade starting at 7:00 p.m. Costumes will be judged for children up to age 14 years old in 11 categories: Scariest/Ugliest, Most Original, Best Couple, Funniest, Prettiest, Cartoon Character, Science Fiction, Historical/Political, 3 years old and under, Princesses, and High School Band.
First, second, and third prizewinners will be chosen in each category with prizes of $20, $10, and $5. Two grand prizes sponsored by Unity Bank — a girl’s bike and a boy’s bike — will be given for the outstanding costumes chosen by the judges. Prizes and treats will be given to the children at the conclusion of the parade on the front porch of the YMCA.
“We are looking forward to a fun event for the youth in our community,” said Kelly Meckstroth and Niki Watson, co-chairs of the event. “This is an annual Kiwanis Club event that has grown in size and popularity since its inception.”