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It's a "graveyard party" at this year's York Halloween Parade.

The parade will return for its 68th year on Oct. 29 with floats, vendors, a Family Fun Zone and doughnut-painted windows. 

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Participants are urged to show up "zombie style" for the event's graveyard party theme, according to a release from the York Revolution's event planning division, Eventive.

Registration is now open for the York tradition, and commercial and nonprofit organizations, baton groups, dance studios, individuals and small groups are encouraged to apply.

Interested parties should register at, and nonprofits can pick up their registration fee waivers (which eliminate the $50 cost) at branches of primary parade sponsor York Traditions Bank, which is returning for its fourth year of sponsorship.

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The parade will start at 2 p.m Sunday, Oct. 29, at the York Expo Center and move east on Market Street from Richland Avenue to Broad Street in downtown York.

Carol Hill-Evans, state representative for the 95th House District, will be this year's parade grand marshal.

Parade attendees can expect vendors along the route as well as a Family Fun Zone, presented by CGA Law Firm, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Continental Square. The area will feature inflatables, music, games and activities, and parents will have a surprise attraction.

Maple Donuts will be back for a third year of sponsorship with a returning window-painting tradition. Art students from local school districts are invited to paint "original donut monster and donut-scape Halloween-themed art," on participating parade route business windows, according to the release.

Also returning for a fourth year is Menchey Music's $100 discount on in-store merchandise to the first 10 high school and junior high music programs to register for the parade.

For more information on registering for the 2017 parade, visit

If You Go:

What: York Halloween Parade 2017

When: Sunday, Oct. 29, 2-4 p.m.

Where: Parade route starting at York Fairgrounds, moving along Market Street from Richland Avenue to Broad Street.

Cost: Free to attend


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