LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Shuli and Jesse Ben-Meir were happy to introduce their 1-year-old sister Tessa to the annual Ragamuffin Parade, which has become a family tradition for many in Larchmont.
Shuli, 10, was dressed as a cat and Jesse, 8 was Super Mario. Along with hundreds of other families, they lined up for the parade at the corner of Palmer Avenue and Larchmont Avenue around 12:30 p.m., before beginning the procession of Halloween-clad youngsters down Larchmont Avenue toward the firehouse at 1 p.m.
"It's really fun getting candy for free and just walking with the parade," Shuli said.Like Tessa, Sofie Walsh, 8, started young. Her family moved to Larchmont eight years ago when she was just six weeks old. "It was one of the first things she did in Larchmont," said Sofie's mother Sheila, whose family walked with friends Katia, 8, and Natasha Raikhouski, also 8. "We've done it every year since."
Along the parade path, local businesses, like Tequilla Sunrise, handed out candy. The Larchmont Chamber of Commerce arranged for costume clad high school students to hand out recyclable Trick or Treat bags to parade-goers, which included a map of stores and restaurants handing out candy on Halloween.
At the end of the parade route, the Larchmont Fire Department offered free hot dogs and a DJ, which taught kids the "Cha Cha Slide". "This is monumental," said Matthew Karp, head chef of Plates Restaurant. "This is a great day in small town USA."
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