Oct. 29, 2014 By Michael Florio
The Long Island City Halloween parade is likely to bigger than ever before.
This year’s ‘Halloween Trick-or-Treat March’ is expected to draw as many as 900 people to Vernon Blvd Friday, with more than 40 businesses participating.
The event, in its seventh year, begins at 4:15pm at Gantry Plaza State Park and goes up 48th Avenue. From there it snakes around 5th Street to 50th Avenue. It will then go up 50th Avenue before making a left turn on Vernon Blvd.
Last year, 650 people marched in the parade, with about 400 of them being kids, said Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, the owner of Manducatis Rustica and one of the event organizers. In the first year there were less than 50 children.
The number of businesses that are participating has doubled this year. “All the businesses in Long Island City are invited to participate,” Cerbone-Teoli said.
Businesses will be offering snacks, candy, photos with super heroes, movies and story readings.
Many of the restaurants are also offering dinner and drink specials, according to Cerbone-Teoli.
Cerbone-Teoli also added that residents from Jackson Heights and Sunnyside came to participate in the march last year.
“It’s great when members of other communities come out,” she said.