What started off as a one-man Halloween costume stroll by a master mask and puppet maker through Greenwich Village 34 years ago, has turned into one of the nation’s biggest holiday parades – New York’s Village Halloween Parade. The event has since grown by enormous proportions and it is safe to say that in recent years, over two million people line up to watch the floats and magnificent costumers on display by the 50,000 participants who make up this parade. In addition, a further 4 million people watch the live coverage of the event on national television. The Halloween Parade is also the only major night parade in the United States.
This year’s New York Village Halloween Parade will take place on Wednesday October 31st and visitors can line up along 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street to watch this marvelous event. The parade runs from 7 pm until around 10 pm. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than any of its predecessors. Hundreds of puppets, dancers, artists and innovative individuals with their own Halloween costumes will join no less than 53 bands from all walks of life and musical styles in one great parade along New York’s 6th Avenue.
The theme of this year’s New York Village Halloween Parade is “Wings of Desire” and the official parade puppeteers have promised to produce fantastic creations to celebrate man’s desire to fly and his evolving journey during the process. Many participants will join the winged performance of this year’s parade and this promises to be a spectacular viewing experience for visitors. This year, find out what the author Neil Teplica was talking about when he said that New York City’s annual Village Halloween Parade is among the one hundred travel events one should experience before one dies.
Click for the official site of New York’s Village Halloween Parade.