YORK, PA 12:30 p.m.- As Trevor at the Yorktowne Hotel’s reception desk told us, York is practically a ghost town on a Sunday—everyone’s in Church. Today, however, is different: the ghosts have chairs. Eerily empty plastic chairs and picnic blankets litter York’s streets.
Early this morning, residents ventured into town to claim a spot on East Market Street to watch the annual York Halloween Parade go by, then headed off to church. In about an hour and a half, they’ll come back for Halloween fun.
But the parade, which typically attracts 30,000 people, isn’t just a town celebration of spooky ghouls and glowing jack-o-lanterns. For the past few years, Pastor Jim Grove of Heritage Baptist Church and his followers have disrupted the parade to preach and protest against abortion. Abortion has been a divisive issue in this election, since the next president will likely appoint a new Supreme Court Justice, who could theoretically help overturn Roe v. Wade, so it’s likely that this year’s parade will take on a whole new political significance.
We’ll have more updates later in the day.
– BY MATHEW KATZ