Update: At 9:45 this morning, YMCA officials announced that the 63rd annual York Halloween Parade will go on as scheduled.
The decision has been "finalized and confirmed," according to the release.
The parade begins at 2 p.m. and follows a two-mile route from the York Fairgrounds to Lehman Street, straight down Market Street.
Light rain is expected today with a 90 percent chance of precipitation and a high temperature of 58 degrees, the National Weather Service says.
Rainfall during daytime hours should amount to a tenth or a quarter of an inch, the weather service says.
Earlier story: Jeffrey Ellis' fire fizzled when a snowstorm forced the cancellation of last year's Halloween Parade in York City.
"We were fired up and ready to go," said Ellis, 57, of Windsor Township. "I was really disappointed when it snowed. It sort of sucked to do all this work and then you get sidelined."
Ellis and his family had worked more than 18 hours and spent about $1,800 on a haunted house-theme float they entered into the 2011 parade, which was canceled after an Oct. 29 storm dumped 10 inches of snow in York County.
Ellis said his family is ready again to show off their float Sunday during the 63rd annual parade, which begins at 2 p.m. in the city, moving along Market Street, from the York Fairgrounds to Lehman Street.
Then more than 100 entries will get moving for the parade,
which annually draws about 30,000 spectators. Besides entertaining the crowd, parade participants also are competing for a variety of awards, including "Best of Parade," which Ellis said his family has won several times.
For this year's parade, about $400 of decorations have been added to the float, including lanterns, cornstalks, an animated scarecrow, Dracula, 6-foot skeletons and a witch, as well as a funeral parlor featuring a skeleton that sits up in its casket and talks when a button is pressed, Ellis said.
This year's weather: However, Parade Day might be wet as a low-pressure system expected to later merge with Hurricane Sandy could bring rain to York.
The National Weather Service is forecasting an 80 percent chance of rain on Sunday mainly after 8 a.m. The temperature will reach a high near 57, but as much as a quarter of an inch of rain is possible over the day.
But the parade will run "rain or shine," according YWCA's website at www.ywcayork.org. The public also can get parade updates on Sunday from the website.
No rain date has been set should the parade be canceled Sunday, according to the website.
Ellis, who has participated in the parade for 25 years, said his float can stand the rain.
"I'll be there," he said. "I might have to put a raincoat on the witch. I'm a nut for Halloween. I enjoyed it ever since I was a kid."
The Windsor Township resident, said he hopes this will not be the last year for the annual parade, as the YWCA has announced that it will no longer sponsor the event after this year.
"We've been in parades in Mount Wolf, Red Lion, Dallastown, different places," Ellis said. "But York is the Super Bowl of the parades for me. I hope that somebody would pick it up. It would be a disaster to lose it."
Road closings and traffic advisories:
The parade will begin at the York Expo Center's Madison Avenue gate and head south on Richland Avenue to Market Street. Then the route will turn east and end at Lehman Street.
During the parade, traffic will not be allowed to use or cross Market Street. Motorists will be detoured to King Street, according to the news release.
Carlisle Avenue will also be closed from Market Street to Highland Avenue, and Richland Avenue will be closed from Market Street to Carlisle Avenue.
Beginning at noon Sunday, no parking, bicycles or dogs will be allowed along the parade route. Residents are advised to move their vehicles or be subject to fines and towing.
Parking restrictions will go into effect in the following areas: Market Street from Richland Avenue to Lehman Street; Richland Avenue between Madison Avenue and Market Street; Carlisle Avenue between Philadelphia and Market streets; the first block of North and South Lehman Street; and the 1000 and 1100 blocks of East King Street.
Anyone traveling near the parade area should use caution and expect delays, according to the news release.
The YWCA's Halloween Parade tips:
The one-mile Pumpkin Run starts at 1:45 p.m. parade day. The run will begin at Penn and Market streets and end at the YWCA's facility at 320 E. Market St. in the city.
Halloween Parade tips from the YWCA:
--- The parade will be held rain or shine. For updates, visit the YW's website at www.ywcayork.org after 10 a.m. Sunday or listen to local radio stations.
--- Roads along parade route will be closed by 1:15 p.m. "No Parking" signs will be posted on Market Street.
--- Only animals registered to participate in the parade are allowed at the event.
--- Food vendors will be available along the parade route. Halloween Parade souvenir cups will be sold.
--- The parade will be emceed by radio station WXOS 96.1's Fuzzy Sommers.
--- The YWCA will reveal the parade's judging results on Monday. For information, visit the YW's website. For additional information, call 845-2631.