Long Branch: The weatherman promised to have good enough temperatures and no rainfall, and he made good.
Sunday in Pier Village, merchants and the Chamber of Commerce held the now annual Pooch Parade. There was plenty of Halloween trick-or- treaters to bring fun and smiles to lots of pet lovers.
The pet pooches stepped out at noon to the cheers and chuckles of bright eyed shoppers looking over vendor table covered with all the way from fur coats, to jewelry with the charm of past owners and favorable prices to entice and delight.
Folks came from other towns as well as Long Blanchers and were welcomed in fine style, with witches and goblins opening kids' eyes as they walked their pets, as the season of Halloween comes just around the corner.
Mayor John Pallone was among the crowd as was former Councilwoman Kate Billings, as Fun City stays the course to fun times.
With the fairly stiff breeze, interrupted by a warming sun the sweaters and scarves came in handy. Even so, a few surfers were in the ocean challenging nature.
The kid's parade of costumed youngsters wrapped up the afternoon as parents busied themselves snapping photos of the pleasant moments, memories to share in upcoming days.
Next big event at Festival Plaza will be Christmas and Hanukah celebrations, fetes the have become happy traditions in this city by the sea.