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Jackson Heights Preps for City's No. 2 Halloween Parade

Monday, October 31, 2011

Revelers are set to flock en masse to the annual Village Halloween Parade —  but thousands of others are expected to turn out for the city's second-largest parade in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Organizers of the Queens parade said they expect a turnout of 3,000 for the 22nd annual celebration, which does not feature floats or cars but has marchers from neighborhood schools carrying colored balloons.

"It's dedicated to the children of the neighborhood," said Ed Westley, president of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.

It's a much shorter route than the village parade. Marchers line up at 87th Street and 37th Avenue, and make their way down to 77th Street. Before the parade, volunteers put together goodie bags to distribute to children at the end.

The parade kicks off at 5 p.m. on Monday.

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