All you need to be one of Wally's Weirdos is a costume and a vibrant personality.

That's according to Wally himself -- Walter Krout, 80, of Thomasville.

Krout has been driving his 1946 Chevrolet truck in York's Halloween parade since 1993.

On Sunday, several of his friends backed out because of the chilly temperatures and overcast skies, but a faithful few who had been there since 1993 rode in the back of the truck dressed up as witches.

Krout wore a rainbow wig while he drove the parade route from the York Fairgrounds down West Market Street.

"I do it so the people who ride with me can be whatever they want to be for a day," he said.

"I enjoy the parade, but I see the least of it as the driver," said Krout.

Students from Julie Saville's special events class at York College volunteered as parade marshals.

"We're missing a ton of people and floats" because of the weather, said Bethany Blacker, a junior at York College.

A lot of people said they were glad that the parade went on in spite of the gray skies, she said, especially since it was canceled because of the snow last year.

The kids: Deb Rohrbaugh said her grandsons, Gabe, 6, and Alex Slenker, 3, were

very excited for the parade.

"It's all they talked about all week, so we were worried when we heard about the storm," said Rohrbaugh, of Seven Valleys.

But Rohrbaugh and her grandsons sat at their usual spot on Richland Avenue right where the parade begins.

"We always sit here because it's not as crowded," she said. "And if it rains we're close to the car."

Gabe and Alex love the floats and the trucks, but "mostly the candy" their grandma said with a laugh.

Nancy Nitchman, 79, goes to the parade every year but decided to watch from her car at the fairgrounds this year.

She watched with Casey, her Yorkie.

"Casey gets a little scared of the big trucks," said Nitchman.

"I always like the bands the best, but I didn't see as many of those this year," she said.

The 43 students in the marching band from William Penn High School performed songs in the parade from their theme for the school year, Spies Among Us.

"I have been in this since sixth grade," said Zakiyia Hawkins, who plays the tenor saxophone and is a sophomore at William Penn.

"We get to show off our music for the city," Zakiyia said.

Students: New to the parade this year was a float featuring junkyard drumming performed by students at the York County Youth Development Center.

The 13 students, who range from age 11 to 21, have been practicing drumming together once a week for more than a year now, said Anthony Zohrbaugh of the York County Youth Development Center.

They beat on buckets, pots and pans with drumsticks.

"It's hard trying to get the sound right," said Audacia Farrell, 18. "I love the music and doing the different beats."

The float carried the band and their instructor, Tim Riggs, and was decorated with pumpkins and hay bales, and words related to lessons the staff tries to instill in students at the center, such as non-violence, social learning, emotional intelligence and open communication.

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61st Annual YWCA York Halloween Parade winners

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2012 BEST OF PARADE WINNER

---York County Human Services Fund

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COMMERCIAL FLOAT/VEHICLE

---1st - Momo's Pizza and Wings

---2nd - Price Rite

---3rd - Credit Connections Auto Sales

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COMMERCIAL DECORATED BUS

---1st - Rabbit Transit

---2nd - Bailey Coach

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BATON OR DANCE STUDIO FLOAT/ VEHICLE

---1st - Kay's Reflections Baton & Dance Group

---2nd - NiRiain School of Irish Dance

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NON-PROFIT ENTRY

---1st Place York County Human Services Fund

---2nd - York Habitat for Humanity

---3rd - York County SPCA

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LATER ANTIQUE CAR (1958 -- 1981)

---1st - York County Heritage Trust

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CLASSIC CAR (1982 - 1991)

---1st - Will Williams

---2nd - David Ober

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CHILDREN'S AND YOUTH FLOAT (AGES 0-18)

---1st - Loving Eyes 4-H Seeing Eye Puppy Club

---2nd - York Young Revolution

---3rd - Lincoln & Helen Thackston Charter Schools

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CHILDREN'S AND YOUTH MARCHING GROUP (AGES 0-18)

---1st - William Penn & York City Marching Bands

---2nd - William Penn Army Junior ROTC

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SCHOOL ROYALTY FLOAT/VEHICLE

---1st - York County's Junior Miss

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FAMILY AND FRIENDS GROUP

---1st - Walter L. Krout

---2nd - Tonya Frey

---3rd - Brandon Paul Hedrick

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HORSE UNIT

---1st - Wells Fargo

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INDIVIDUAL (AGES 0-18)

---1st - Miss New Oxford International 2013

---2nd - Glenn Luckenbaugh

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MEDIA DIVISION

---1st - York Daily Record/Sunday News

---2nd - 101 The Rose

---3rd - 92.7 WKZF

-- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or cshank@yorkdispatch.com