Jill Fritz can’t forget how cold she felt during the early years of the annual York Halloween Parade’s 3-mile stretch down Market Street.
Back then, the parade ran on Saturday nights, and the chill October evenings were all part of the tradition.
These days, the parade takes place during the afternoon, but, 40 years later, you can still find Jill marching.
“It’s just been something I’ve done all my life,” Jill says. “I don’t think I’ve ever missed one.”
Jill was a member of the band as a majorette in junior high, and eventually at York High. In 1976, two years after the Bearcat graduated, she joined up with the York High alumni band.
“At that point, I was just missing the band, and trying to be more active,” Jill says.
Jill has marched in every Halloween parade with the band since they started marching in 1978. Even bad weather, or pregnancies in 1982 and 1983, couldn’t stop her.