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Undead to invade downtown Wednesday

The annual Children’s Halloween Parade begins at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in front of the Ashland Public Library and ends in front of the downtown Plaza.

East Main Street will be closed between 2:30 and 6 p.m. between Gresham and Water Streets. Lithia Way will be set up for two-way traffic.

Before the parade, local musicians Tish McFadden and Brian Freeman play from 3-3:30 p.m. at the Ashland Public Library (410 Siskiyou Blvd.) The Ashland Middle School Jazz Band will entertain outside of Hither Restaurant leading up to the beginning of the parade.

Samba Like It Hot will lead the parade, followed by families and children that have lined up on Third Street between East Main and Lithia Way. Adults without children who have lined up on Siskiyou Boulevard in front of the Ashland Public Library will follow behind them.

Ashland Danceworks will give its Thriller performance along the parade route.

The Ashland High School Drumline will follow behind the procession.

There will be trick-or-treating at downtown merchants following the parade, plus face painting at Wells Fargo Bank by Brooke Sharp, a photo booth and treats at the Ashland Chamber office, “Spooky Science” with ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum staff on Oak Street, and the chance to visit the “Ashlandia Witch Dance Party” at TreeHouse Books.

The Ashland Police Department will be joined by officers of surrounding agencies to monitor Halloween events Wednesday in the downtown area.

According to a press release, “Enforcement will be strictly administered when police observe acts such as disorderly conduct, public intoxication, consuming alcohol in public, open containers of alcohol in public, curfew, illegal drug use or any other violations of state law and municipal code.”

Thousands took part in the Ashland Halloween parade Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (File photo)