Two superheroes watching Anoka's Grand Day Parade. Photo: Tad Johnson, ABC Publications
The Halloween Capital of the World
This week-long celebration was initiated in
1920 as an alternative to the down side of trick-or-treat. It
has been held every year since except 1942 and 1943. The Grand
Day Parade, attended by 45,000 people in 1999, includes a Mass
Band, made up of bands from four high schools. Another
featured event is the Gray Ghost 5K Run, inspired by sightings
of local octogenarian runner Bill Andberg. The event is
lighthearted, with most participants wearing their Halloween
costumes. Numerous competitions include a pumpkin bake-off,
best Halloween house decorations, and Miss Anoka. The event is
documented in text, a videotape, photographs, and news
Originally submitted by: Bill Luther, Representative (6th District).
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