It’s a tradition that ended back in the 70s.
But a couple of Lancaster residents are bringing that tradition back, making this Halloween special.
The Lancaster Halloween Mardi Gras parade was a long-time Lancaster tradition that ended suddenly.
“The very first parade, 6,000 people took over this area,” said Rebecca Nixon, a Lancaster resident.
Nixon said she has memories dressing up for the parade.
“They would have a contest for the cutest, the ugliest, the scariest,” Nixon said.
When Nixon found out that people in her own community didn’t remember the once popular parade she knew she had to be the one to recreate the tradition.
With the help of Destination Downtown Lancaster, the Halloween Mardi Gras parade has been reborn.
“The community is really excited. I think mostly because it is a part of who we are or who we used to be,” said Colin Hietikko of Destination Downtown Lancaster.
Lifelong Lancaster residents like Ed Kitchen is happy to see it come back.
The picture of the parade he painted brings back memories when he was a little boy.
“It would be great to see it come back so young kids would have a good time. And have memories of Lancaster like we have,” Kitchen said.