The 36th Annual Halloween Parade Comes to NYC

The 36th Annual Halloween Parade Comes to NYC

by Jenna Goldfarb
10.15.2009

This year marks the 36th annual Halloween Parade located in New York’s Greenwich Village. Starting at 7 p.m. 6th Ave will be taken over by puppets, musicians, dancers, artists and thousands of New Yorker’s dressed in costume. Fantastic and frightening creatures will walk the night. The parade extends from Spring Street to 21st Street and will last until 10 p.m.

The Greenwich Village parade is the largest public Halloween event in the United States. It all started in the 1970’s when Halloween was a very important event in the village. It was a time when the gay community was prohibited against wearing clothing of the opposite sex. Halloween was the one day of the year that they could dress how they wanted. It is based on this tradition that the parade has been built.

One of the most popular featured events of the parade is the puppet show. In 1973, mask maker and puppeteer Ralph Lee staged a wandering neighborhood puppet show to entertain the children in the village. After the second year of the show, an organization called Theater for the New City made the show into a formal march, which soon became the parade that we now know and love.

Greenwich Village, in particular, is home to its own brand of bohemian, exotic and erotic costumes.  The costumes that are worn in the parade are limitless. They differ from the typical witches, goblins and ghosts that you usually see on Halloween. Shown in all colors, shapes and sizes, the costumes are what make the parade unique.

Not only is this event listed in the book “100 Things to do Before You Die”, it was named “The Greatest Event on Earth” by Festivals International for October 31.

So when you find yourself bored on Halloween night before you head to the bar, head down to the village because this is one event that you don’t want to miss. 

 

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