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Halloween Day Parade in Greenwich Village – 2012

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Halloween Day Parade in Greenwich Village – 2012

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31 October, 2012

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For the first time in the 39 year history of the parade, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and the NYPD have CANCELLED the 2012 Halloween Day Parade due to the devastation caused in the New York area by Hurricane Sandy.

New York’s Village Halloween Parade is an annual holiday parade and street pageant presented the night of every Halloween (October 31) in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Stretching more than a mile, this cultural event draws two million spectators, fifty thousand costumed participants, dancers, artists and circus performers, dozens of floats bearing live bands and other musical and performing acts, and a world-wide television audience of one hundred million.

Among the parade’s signature features are its pageant sized puppets – giant rod puppets “articulated” by teams of puppeteers – and its open participation to anyone in a costume who wishes to march. It is the largest public Halloween event in the United States, and the country’s only major night parade. It has been called “New York’s Carnival.”

It has been featured in many national magazines and travel guides, and has been a subject of study by leading cultural anthropologists. According to The New York Times, “the Halloween Parade is the best entertainment the people of this City ever give the people of this City.” “Absolutely anything goes,” says USA Today. “Be prepared to drop your jaw.”

Helpful TipsRemember, all you need to walk in the parade is to show up at the staging area in a costume. There is no charge to be in the parade. If you don’t have a costume, sign up to be a volunteer.

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2012 Village Halloween Parade

The parade will march from Spring Street to 21st Street along 6th Avenue, starting at 7PM on October 31st.
For Participants: Line-up for participants begins on 6th Avenue South of Spring Street and North of Canal from 6:30pm. It can take anywhere from two to four hours to enter the parade route, so the staging area becomes its own party.
For Spectators: You’ll have to get there early if you want a good view. Hours before the event, onlookers start to line the sidewalks behind police barricades. Some eager spectators climb up on trees, fences, and phone booths for a better view (at least until the NYPD shoo them down).

Directions to watch the parade

Take the 1, 2, and 3 lines to 14th St. and 7th Ave.

Take the A, B, C, D, E, F and Q lines to West 4th St. and 6th Ave.

Directions to staging area

Take the A, C, E to Spring St. and 6th Ave.

Date & Time

31 Oct 2012; Wednesday, 7 PM – 10 PM

Location for all those in costume

6th Avenue South of Spring Street and North of Canal between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Enter the line-up on 6th Ave. from the East and South between Canal and Spring.

Location to view the parade

6th Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street from 7:00pm – 10:30pm

Live on TV

WPIX CHANNEL 11: 7:30pm – 10:00pm, and on NY 1: 8:00pm – 9:30pm




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