The much beloved Medford Halloween Parade is set for Saturday, October 30 after a 1-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since 1947, the Medford Vincentown Rotary Club has been hosting this fantastic event with participants including marching bands, cheerleaders, area scout troops, ROTC, hundreds of costumed marchers, and at least 40 hand-made floats.
More than 20,000 spectators are expected to watch this family friendly parade. Spectators are encouraged to dress in costume and arrive early to get a space along the parade route. Kids, big and small, eagerly await the candy and prizes the parade participants toss out as the walk.
The 1-mile long parade will begin at 7 pm from the parking lot at St. Mary of the Lakes School. The parade route continues East on Firehouse Lane before heading South onto Main Street, ending at Haines School. Members of the Rotary Club will be stationed at the Haines School area to judge any float that wishes to participate in the competition. The roads will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 pm and continue to be closed until the parade is over.
This event is the largest annual fundraiser for the Medford Vincentown Rotary Club. The 2021 Sponsors (at press-time) include the Diamond Sponsors, ShopRite of Medford and Polymer Solutions International. The Platinum Sponsors are Radwell International and Remedy Group. The Gold Sponsors include Harriett’s Energy Solutions, Kazmierski Orthodontics, Murphy’s Markets, Odd Fellows, Outdoor Solutions Landscaping and The Painting & Wallcovering Company.
100% of the funds raised go to the many community projects the club hosts and to the many scholarships that are awarded every year to area graduating High School Seniors. Community efforts include events like the annual Medford Easter Egg Hunt and Kid’s Fishing Derby and projects such as Dictionary Donations to the 3rd graders at all of the local elementary schools.
For more information about the parade and how to participate as a marchers, sponsor or vendor, please visit their website at www.medfordhalloweenparade.com