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Thousands turn out for Halloween parade in Galena

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GALENA, Ill. (KWWL) -

In the  enchanting, quaint town of Galena, Illinois...people spent the weekend preparing for the holiday parade.

"Well I've been coming out here for years, and because of Halloween falling on a Saturday, and we knew about the parade and planned on coming to see the parade," said attendee Michael Brooks.

People came out early...and set out chairs to get the perfect spot on Main Street.

Business owners along the parade  route also set up throughout the day.

"Originally it was a parade for little kids to walk down Main Street in costume.  37-years later we're expecting beyond 10,000 people to attend this parade," said announcer Paul Connor.

Organizers say it brings the community together.

"Is it is a true community effort, it is all about the businesses and the people of Galena and surrounding areas coming together on Halloween to have fun," added Connor.

Parade goers say it's all about a good time.

"It's fun, they got balloons, and the kids are dressed  up in costume.  They close the whole street down for the parade, they got flames that come shooting out, so it was just something we were looking forward to seeing," added Brooks.

Once the parade kicked off, about 100 floats got the crowd excited for Halloween night.

The parade is a tradition that dates back to the thirties -- when the galena community used to celebrate Mardi Gras around Halloween.

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