NYC Halloween Village Parade

Before you head out to some of the best Halloween parties in NYC, you must participate in the Village Halloween Parade—NYC’s spookiest procession and one of the best Halloween events in Gotham. With over 50,000 zombies, giant puppets and anything scary in particular year taking the streets, you may need a little help with navigation.

1. The nation’s largest public Halloween celebration
2. Named as The Greatest Event on Earth by Festivals International for October 31
3. Attended by over 2 million people, seen by over 1 million on TV.
4. The nation’s only major night Parade.
5. Seen LIVE on NY 1 Television.
6. Listed as one of the 100 Things to do Before You Die.
7. Recipient of the Municipal Arts Society of New York’s Award for making a major contribution to the cultural life of New York City.
8. Recipient of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of Longtime Artistic Achievement.
9. Recipient of the Mayor’s Tourism Grant in recognition of the Parade’s major impact on the economic life of New York City and grants from the Manhattan Borough President’s Tourism Initiative.
10. Picked by Events International as The Greatest Event on Earth on October 31, and ranked 3rd by Citysearch as the best event in New York City.
11. Ranked by Biz Bash as one of the top 10 events in NYC.
12. The subject of extensive national and international news coverage, including ABC, CBS and NBC television networks; live television coverage on MTV, Channel 13 and the CNN; UPI and AP stories and photographs that appear on front pages coast to coast; annual coverage in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, U.S.A. Today, the New York Post, the Daily News, Time, and every other local New York television, radio and print media.
13. Reaching 4 million viewers in 2 hours of LIVE coverage of the Parade by New York 1 News Television and WKTU Radio.
14. In 2000 the Parade was broadcast LIVE nationally for the first time on USA Networks and the SCI Fi Channel with host Susan Saranden.
15. In 2001 the Parade was seen by hundreds of millions of people worldwide as the Parade was seen as a pivotal moment in the recovery of New York from the tragic events of 9/11.
16. Internationally acclaimed in France, Russia, Germany, England, Italy, Japan, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, Hungary, Korea, Greece, Poland, China, Argentina, Turkey, New Zealand and Yugoslavia as a result of international television specials on the Parade as well as news coverage and worldwide coverage on CNN.
17. A mile-long stage featuring tens of thousands of costumed marchers, hundreds Halloween characters, including giant masks and puppets, dozens of marching bands playing music from around the world stilt walkers, jugglers, break dancers and other street performers participate in the Parade.
18. Behind the scenes, an event where professional lighting designers, stage managers, carpenters, and electricians are called upon to light the mile_long event, create special effects and dress scenes along the route.
19. An open forum for visual and performing artists to display their art in an environment where all are creators as well as participants and viewers.
20. A vehicle for the co-mingling of the diverse economic, ethnic, social, sexual and racial components of New York City, putting on display the cultural pluralism of the world’s most exciting city..
21. A family event, thus serving as a form of creative and positive expression for young people in a safe, celebrative environment.
22. A vehicle for New York City schools, design and performing arts colleges and universities, neighborhood associations and artists to work closely with the Parade staff to design major elements for the Parade throughout the year.
23. Working closely with the NYC Office of the Mayor, the Manhattan Borough President, Community Boards #1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and the Departments of Police, Sanitation, Fire, Parks and Recreation and Cultural Affairs to produce the safest, cleanest Parade in the City. Indeed, the New York City Police have lauded the Parade as a valuable public service institution in that it makes Halloween safe for the citizens of New York on a night which is a high crime night in many other parts of the city and nationwide.
24. A carefully planned collaborative effort organized by a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, year round, 501c3 arts organization called Village Halloween Parade, Inc. .
25. An event which has a positive impact on New York economic life, bringing hundreds of thousands of tourists and an estimated $90 million in tourism dollars into the city, providing Greenwich Village businesses and restaurants their best night of the year..
26. An event which has a tremendously positive impact on how people who live in or come to visit New York see and feel about this community. The excitement and goodwill that it generates is lasting..
In effect, by turning a large and complex city into a small town for just one night, the Parade has been a pioneer in the critical movement toward the resurrection and rejuvenation of the City..
27. Village Halloween Parade funders have included (to name a few): Jeep, Jaegermeister, Amtrak, Annheiser Busch, Avenue Q, Wicked, Spamalot, Comedy Central, New Line Cinema, Greenwich Village Chamber of Commerce, HERE Arts Center, Jet Blue, Juicy Fruit, Freixenet, Little Shop of Horrors, Manhattan Monster,, PONY Pedicabs, Trio TV, Webster Hall, WKTU, Z100, MIX 103, The Village Voice,Volkswagen, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Mayor’s Office of Tourism, The Manhattan Borough President, The Rudin Foundation, the Association for a Better New York, NY1Television, Time Warner Cable, USA Networks. SCREAM USA, Sci Fi Channel, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Bell Atlantic, Mammoth Records (Disney, Starbucks,, ZipCar, Perrier, Whole Foods Market, Mannheim Steamroller, SONY, Focus Features, Captain Morgan,The Geek Squad, Volkswagon, Mini Cooper, Family Guy, Rubie’s Costume Company, Microsoft, Snapple, Logic Records, The Geek Squad, BMW, Vespa, Monster Energy Drink, Miller Brewing, Liberty Tax, Focus Features, Columbia Records, Elektra Records, Ford Motor Company, Mindspring, Con Edison, Vampire Vineyards, Dunkin’ Donuts, and many more movie promotions, Broadway Shows and hundreds of individuals, small businesses, foundations and governmental agencies.

So dress up in your best Halloween costume ideas for New Yorkers (or else you won’t be allowed to march), work on your Halloween makeup ideas and get ready for a ghoulishly good time and join with:

Hundreds of Giant Puppets
More than 50 bands representing music from around the world
Dancers of all styles
Artists with explosive imaginations
Thousands of New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation

Costumes are mandatory for anyone who wants to walk, so make sure you bring it or you’ll be left behind in civilian duds. The procession lines up at Sixth Ave and Canal St and rolls out from 7–9pm. North and west entrances to Sixth Ave will be blocked off by 6:30pm, so join the line from East Broome, Sullivan and Canal streets east of Sixth Ave. We recommend gathering your fellow creatures of the night a few blocks away rather than trying to find your group in the middle of the chaotic lineup.

Just because you’re not wearing a costume this year doesn’t mean you don’t get to party. Get to Sixth Ave early and grab a lookout spot before the parade rolls out at 7pm. Sixth Ave becomes most congested with spectators between Bleeker and 14th Sts, so we suggest setting up camp at either the head (Spring to W Houston Sts) or tail (14th St to 16th St) of the parade.



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