Book Cart Drill Team to march in the Halloween Parade

Photo courtesy of Musselman Library

Photo courtesy of Musselman Library

By Meggan Smith, Musselman Library Correspondent

Start your Halloween celebration early by supporting Musselman Library’s Book Cart Drill Team at the Gettysburg Halloween Parade in town on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:30 p.m. The book cart drill team, nicknamed Gett Down With Your Funky Shelf, will show off their moves as participants march down the parade route. Book cart drill teams generally consist of library employees who perform choreographed routines with their – what else? – book carts! If you have never seen a book cart drill team perform, this is your chance to see an award-winning team in person and take part in a beloved town tradition.

About the Musselman Library Book Cart Drill Team

The team has previously performed in three Halloween parades, with two first-place finishes and one third-place finish. In last year’s parade, Musselman Library’s BCDT took first place in the Dancing Group category performing their routine to “Ghost Busters” while dressed as skeletons. The team has also performed in two World Championships, winning both a Bronze and Silver Bookcart.

A documentary about the BCDT was created by two Gettysburg College students (both Class of 2011) back in 2008.  It is available for checkout in the library’s collection, as well as linked in The Cupola for online viewing at

About the Gettysburg Halloween Parade

The annual parade features marching bands, floats, performance groups and costumed characters. The parade begins on Lefever Street, then north onto Baltimore Street, into Lincoln Square, east on York Street, south on Liberty, and disband back at Lefever Street. The town square is a great place to view the parade, but get there early because it gets crowded. The rain date for the parade is Wednesday, October 28th.

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