Costume contest and parade return to Bradley Beach

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BRADLEY BEACH — The rain subsided long enough for costumed children to march from the Bradley Beach firehouse, down Main Street and into Riley Park on Saturday, in the return of the borough’s annual Halloween parade.

At Riley Park, the young marchers, dressed as ghouls, super heroes, pumpkins and other characters, participated in a costume contest that was judged by Mayor Larry Fox and members of the borough council. 

Prizes for best costumes were awarded to the following age groups: 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-14. There was even a costume category for senior citizens. 

The parade and costume contest were canceled last year due to the coronavirus. 

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“It’s a nice event to kind of end the fall before we get into cold weather, and we were really lucky with the weather. It’s just great to see people out after being so isolated,” Mayor Fox said.

“We’ll look to keep upgrading this every year, because this park is perfect for this stuff. It’s the right size with easy parking.” 

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