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Halloween Parade Draws Large Crowd To Downtown Somers

Halloween parade marchers in Somers proceed from Route 100 to Bailey Park Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Marchers in the 18th annual Halloween parade in Somers. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Marchers in the 18th annual Halloween parade in Somers. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Marchers in the 18th annual Halloween parade in Somers. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Marchers in the 18th annual Halloween parade in Somers. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Marchers in the 18th annual Halloween parade in Somers. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Marchers in the 18th annual Halloween parade in Somers. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Marchers in the 18th annual Halloween parade in Somers. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Left to right: Kayla Smith, a YMCA Youth Program Director; Bonnie Fogarty, Executive Director of the local YMCA; and Cooper, a dog dressed as a pumpkin. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Cooper, a dog dressed as a pumpkin, gets attention. Somers twins Harry and Katherine Dugmore, 3 and a half, pet the dog. Their mother, Kerri Dugmore, is pictured to the left. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
The Somers Halloween parade was followed by a celebration at Bailey Park. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Somers resident Michelle Chiappa with her dog Frank, who is dressed as a hotdog. Frank, who is a rescue dog, won Coolest Canine Costume in a contest. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A water trough that was moved to Bailey Park earlier this year was dedicated following the annual Halloween parade in Somers. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

SOMERS, N.Y. -- The mood was lively in downtown Somers on Sunday during an annual Halloween parade and subsequent activities in Bailey Park.

The parade, in its 18th year, is supported by the Community YMCA of Northern Westchester. Scores of costumed kids participated in the parade, which began at the Towne Centre at Somers, proceeded up Route 100 and ended at the park.

Bonnie Fogarty, who is executive director of the local YMCA, had considerable praise for the parade.

“It is a wonderful community event that's free in the area,” she said.

She also said that,“it's a great chance for kids to wear their Halloween costumes more than once.”

Fogarty was pleased with the turnout, throwing out 250 and 300 as estimated approximate numbers.

“It's great," she said.

The park activities, according to Fogarty, included a Trunk or Treat, where staff decorate their cars and give out prizes.

Items for this year include she explained, goodies from dentists for keeping kids healthy, along with apples donated by a local farm market.

The festivities also included a costume contest, with winners in multiple categories.

Towards the end of the park festivities, a dedication was held for an historic watering trough that, it was noted, was moved to Bailey Park from the north side of Route 202. Daily Voice will have a standalone story for the dedication.

A photo gallery of the parade is attached.

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