The city of Pittsfield has canceled the annual Halloween parade because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the local community TV station will help keep its spirit alive by looking back at the 25-year history of the parade.
Pittsfield Community Television will present "Haunted Streets: A Celebration of 25 Years of Halloween Parades," looking back at some of the best floats and moments of PCTV's 25 years of parade coverage.
“Once it became clear that the Halloween Parade could not happen in its usual form, we realized we needed to do something to keep this annual tradition alive in some fashion as it brings much joy to the community,” said Becky Manship, recreation and special events coordinator for the city. “Since PCTV has been covering the parade for twenty-five years, the decision to do a retrospective of past parades was simple. We hope the community will enjoy a look back in time as we have.”
The event will be hosted by Jody Spielmann, PCTV's parade commentator, and will debut at 7 p.m. Oct. 30.
It will air on PCTV Access Channel 1301, along with the PCTV app and at PittsfieldTV.org.
"In working with the Halloween Parade Committee on this retrospective program, and seeing all the amazing ways our community has celebrated this spooky and child-like season, I can see all of the tangible ways that we have brought each other fun and joy,” said Matthew Tucker, public access coordinator for PCTV, in the release.
"While it can be hard to see, with the tragedy caused by the coronavirus all around us, programs like this remind us of the community we have always been — and what we're going to do to show that community when we come out on the other side of this."
The celebration will continue on Halloween as PCTV will air each parade, starting with the 1995 parade, at 7:30 a.m. The following year's parade will air immediately afterward, and the day will end with the parade special at 8 p.m.