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MASSENA - Massena Central elementary school students donned their Halloween costumes a little early Wednesday to participate in afternoon parades around their schools.

At Nightengale Elementary School, one classroom led by Principal Shannon Jordan started the parade, picking up the remainder of the classrooms as they made their way through the hallways of the school. Some family members lined the hallway to snap photos and videos, while others waited in the gymnasium and cafeteria, where the students also paraded class by class.

“The parade is a big event. I’m picking up classrooms as I go by,” Ms. Jordan said.

The parade is normally held on the nearby track, but inclement weather forced the students to stay in doors on Wednesday. They didn’t seem to mind, though, as they donned their costumes in their classrooms, lined up in single file and showcased the costumes for all the spectators.

Prior to their march around the school, the students and their teachers enjoyed Halloween snacks in their classrooms.

“We have the parties first. Then parents can take them home (following the parade),” Ms. Jordan said.

Second-grader Nicholas Sheets donned a “Black Knight” costume that he would be putting on again later in the day for the traditional trick-or-treating.

“I watch knight movies,” he said, but not necessarily movies with a black knight.

“I just thought of it,” he said. “I knew (what to be) when it was my birthday on June 30.”

Nicholas had dressed up as Mario the previous year, and there were several Marios in this year’s parade, along with some traditional and not-so-traditional costumes including Spidermans, skeletons, princesses, mermaids, vampires and witches.

Similar celebrations were also held Wednesday afternoon at Jefferson and Madison elementary schools in Massena.

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