Fall Out Boy offered to visit and play music with the Garden Spot marching band in a video published on the band’s Youtube channel today.
The band apparently heard about the school board nixing their song, “Thnks for th Mmrs” from the marching band play list this week.
Floats, balloons, marching bands and even a horse-drawn carriage will lead Santa Claus into Scranton this weekend as the Santa Parade once again spreads holiday cheer throughout the city.
Organizers wanted to make the parade bigger and better this year, and it certainly has grown. Stepping off Saturday at 9 a.m., the 21st annual parade will boast at least 20 floats, double the number it typically has. More participants will make the parade more enjoyable, said Mike Gallacher, vice president of finance for Santa Parade Inc.
“The parade’s always great because there’s always great entertainment, but we’re going to have more variety this year,” he said.
This is the first year Santa Parade Inc. organized the parade rather than the Scranton Jaycees, the planner for many years, after members of the Jaycees decided to spin off the parade off into its own group. Jaycees members “age out” of the group when they turn 41, and a lot of people – Mr. Gallacher included – were nearing that milestone and did not want to see the parade dissipate, he said.
Editor’s note: Some of the council’s logic here is frightening. The reason Pottstown is going broke can hardly be attributed to the costs associated with a couple of parades and fireworks. It’s the protuberant budget! $38,000,000.00 for a town with 22,377 people is absurd. Again, these few activities combined account for less than 1% of the budget. The tax base can’t support a budget this size and cuts need to be made, but council is unwilling to do so (as they have demonstrated year after year). Then, out of the blue they want to “tighten the purse strings” over a couple thousand lousy dollars that don’t make a hill of beans difference in the grand scheme of things. I would be far more impressed with more substantive belt-tightening that would actually make a dent.
POTTSTOWN, PA — Borough council Tuesday night voted unanimously to waive half the fees for the annual Halloween parade, allowing the organizers to proclaim that they would raise the remaining $2,660 somehow and that the parade will go on as planned.
It is scheduled for Wed. Oct. 24, 7 p.m. on High Street.
“It’s such a good thing for Pottstown,” said Aram Ecker, speaking for the AMBUCS. “There are a lot of organizations involved and there is a lot of time put in for the costumes and floats. It’s been such a legacy and tradition in Pottstown, I don’t want to see it die.”
“The middle school marching band is so excited, they bought sweatshirts for the event. Their debut this year will be the Halloween parade and they’ve been practicing since the first day of school,” Ecker said.