Yes, our beloved hood truly shines on this holiday. The Village Halloween Parade has been around since 1973, started by local puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee.
It's touted as the world's largest parade, and reports itself to have 50,000 costumed participants and two million spectators. Aside from crazily decked-out marching humans, the procession features large puppets which are animated by hundreds of volunteers, more than fifty marching bands and a bunch of floats. (Because, honestly, is it truly a parade if there are no floats? We think not.)
The Grand Marshall once again is...a spider! Zohra the Giant Spider will be leading the way. The theme? Wild Thing. As in animals. ("Antlers, fur and nails; teeth hooves and tails") We can't wait to see the array of bear shirts, horns and antlers making their way up Sixth Avenue!
Wanna march yourself? Just show up in costume at the starting point. No registration, no fees. To join the special Wild Thing theme costume section, you must fork over $25 and dress accordingly. The good news is that the cash will buy you access to a secret entry point for early admission (i.e. no lines), a special DJ and soundtrack for an in-parade party, plus TV coverage of you in all of your furry, hooved finery.
The 1.4 mile route starts at Sixth Avenue at Spring St. and winds its way up to 16th St. Start time is 7 p.m. and you can expect it to last until 11. (If you're marching, line-up is at 6:30 p.m. at Canal St.)
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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