Wearing a blue suede hat and a warm coat, Glendora Adsit of Geneva was eating cheese crackers as she walk-ed along Chestnut Street Sa-turday evening just prior to the start of the 39th annual Meadville Jaycees Parade.

She had a bottle of water tucked under her arm as she made her way down the street, stopping and talking to friends along the way.

For the registered nurse, the Halloween parade is something she attends every year. “It’s fun. I like parades. It brings back memories,” she said with a grin.

Perhaps her most memorable parade was in 1952 “when I rode in the parade when I was a student nurse (at the former) City Hos-pital,” she said. “I was wearing a borrowed Army nurse uniform in spitting snow,” she recalled about the outfit and the weather that night. She walked in the parade se-veral years ago with the Cr-awford County Democratic Party, but “I declined this year,” she laughed.

“It’s a time to see old friends and get to make new friends,” she said. Adsit doesn’t sit in a chair like many others do, but instead chooses to walk.

Adsit was but one of thousands of spectators who jammed the streets of Meadville to watch the longest nighttime parade in Pennsylvania. This year’s entry continued that tradition with 123-units and taking two hours and 40 minutes to complete from start to finish.

Although the night was clear, by the time the parade was half through, the temperatures had dropped and many people had blankets over their coats as they watched from the sidewalks.

Parade marshall Franz Spohn, an Edinboro University of Pennsylvania professor, wore a witch’s pointed cap as he rode in the automobile of the guest of honor.

With the parade theme focused on “Broadway,” the air was filled with music from many of the hit shows in New York as many of the floats had taped music of the hit shows currently playing.

Channellock’s float, using the theme from “Grease,” captured the grand champion trophy for the float for the second consecutive year. Two football players carried the banner for “Rydell High” as the float featured three sections — the girls at the pajama party, the pink ladies dancing to the juke box and the last, a drive-in theater with participants in a pink car watching a screen.

Black painted records trimmed each side of the winning entry.

Following the float was William DeArment, Channellock president, riding in a pink convertible.

Floats are judged on various factors, including how it follows the theme as well as points for various moving parts.

In addition to the grand champion float, other honors went to Weston Excavation, commercial division; Seton Catholic School, youth; Crawford County Care Center, human services agency; and U.S. Army Reserve 475th Quartermaster Co. Detachment 1 and Family Readiness Group, community.

Weston used ghost balloons on its float, and had ghosts adorning the vehicles and a ghost in the cab of a second backhoe.

“The Wizard of Oz” was the focus of the care center’s float, which featured a tornado brewing with what appeared to be smoke and clouds filling the air. One participant was dressed as Dorothy and another as Toto. Others wore costumes of characters in the show, including the tin man.

Seton’s entry used the “Sound of Music” as its music to win its division. The one end of the float featured mountains, while the von Trapp children were seated in the middle. On the other end was a chapel with stained glass windows and a nun wearing a Whoopie Goldberg mask as the choir leader. A group of nuns walked behind the float.

“Annie Get Your Gun” was used by the Reserve to take home the community trophy. Illuminated lights trimmed the edge of the float while participants were dressed in cowboy and cowgirl outfits and singing the title song.

While many people focused on the floats, others were just as focused on the winners for the band competition.

Conneaut School District swept these honors with Linesville High School coming in first with 170 points followed by Conneaut Valley High School with 163 and Conneaut Lake Area High School with 136.

Brenda Costa and Brett Staskiewicz were co-chairmen of this year’s parade. Lon Wilson shared the announcing duties with Costa.

Jane Smith can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at jsmith@meadvilletribune.com

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