Pete Beckwith Jr., dressed as Hades, hands out candy to swarms of kids at a friend’s house this Halloween in Great Barrington, but not before
Pete Beckwith Jr., dressed as Hades, hands out candy to swarms of kids at a friend's house this Halloween in Great Barrington, but not before insisting on guessing each one's costume. Mon October 31, 2011 (ZOLLSHAN) (Stephanie Zollshan)
Friday October 26, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The city has scared up more participants for tonight's annual Halloween parade.

The parade steps off at 7 p.m. from the corner of Tyler and Smith streets and ends at Woodlawn Avenue.

Pittsfield Community Television is scheduled to broadcast the event live on Time Warner Cable's Channel 16.

Organizers say four additional groups will march down Tyler, thanks to a one-week extension of the entry deadline.

"We got a couple we weren't anticipating at all, so extending the deadline helped and was a re minder to others who've march ed in the past," said Re becca Tefft, the city's recreational activities coordinator.

In all, the parade lineup consists of 25 units, including three floats, marching bands from Pittsfield, Taconic and Drury high schools, four of the eight Pittsfield elementary schools and a number of community-based and business organizations, according to Tefft.

"The community groups usually dress up in costume and have fun in the parade, while promoting their organization," she said.

Thomas N. Bowler will be the grand marshal, continuing a long-standing tradition of the Berkshire County sheriff leading the parade. Greylock Federal Credit Union is the main sponsor for the event.

Traditionally a North Street event, the Halloween parade was moved to Tyler Street last year -- on a trial basis -- at the request of the Tyler Street Business Group and Ward 1 Councilor Christine Yon and former city councilor Peter T.


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White in an effort to showcase the commercial district.

The move received such rave reviews from some Tyler Street merchants, marchers and parade-goers, that city officials agreed, for now, to keep the event on Tyler.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6233.

If you go

What: Pittsfield Halloween Parade

When: Tonight at 7

Where: Tyler Street, from Smith Street to Woodlawn Avenue.

Road closures: Beginning at 5 p.m., Tyler Street from First Street to Pine Street and Burbank Street from Smith Street to the former Hess Gas Station parking lot will be closed. The remainder of the parade route, Tyler Street from Pine Street to Woodlawn Avenue, will be closed at 6:30 p.m. Parking will be prohibited on these streets from 5 p.m. until after the parade.