Ragamuffin Parade Returning To Chappaqua

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A costumed girl during 2011's Chappaqua Ragamuffin Parade. Photo Credit: Chatschik Bisdikian
Parents and children trick-or-treat at local storefronts during 2011's Chappaqua Ragamuffin Parade. Photo Credit: Brian Marschhauser

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Downtown Chappaqua will welcome back the likes of Batman, Spiderman and other costumed heroes when the annual Ragamuffin Parade and Carnival returns to the hamlet Oct. 21.

The carnival begins at 12:30 p.m. and will be at the Chappaqua train station. The parade starts at 3:30 p.m. and all costumed children are invited to march through town.

“It’s the same carnival time with the same basic attractions, followed by the parade,” said Chris Soi, assistant superintendent of the parks and recreation department. “The Ragamuffin Parade has a long history, I think going back 40-plus years. So Ragamuffin has a really strong turnout of kids and parents.”

The carnival will feature music, a bounce house, dragon slide, kiddie pillar, berry go round, go carts and more. Tickets to use the carnival attractions cost $2 per child. The children will be joined in the parade by the Chappaqua Fire Department, Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Blue Crew Marching Band and the Dixie Dandies Marching Bands.

Following the parade, Chris Fox & Mojo Monde will perform at the train station. There also will be a witches' den, where Chappaqua's Dunkin' Donuts will hand out fre Munchkins.

Another parks department-sponsored Halloween event is the annual StoryWalk, which begins Friday at the Burden Preserve at Sheather Road in Mount Kisco. Children will follow a marked trail lined with individual pages from the book "A Tiger Called Thomas." The walk will be daily until Nov. 9.

“The parks department will also be running a scavenger hunt on the actual Halloween day,” Soi said. “All the storefronts have trick-or-treating and we’re kind of piggy backing on that, and adding a pirate-themed scavenger hunt to that event.”

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