Stretching a mile up Sixth Avenue, the fantastical Village Halloween Parade offered its traditional dazzling array of giant skeleton puppets, masks, stilt walkers, jugglers, street performers, bands, dancers, artists, and "regular" New Yorkers showing off their creativity and whimsy in costumes.
This year's theme was Hallelujah Halloween REVIVAL! and the Village Halloween Parade paid homage to last year's storm of supernatural proportions by honoring SUPERHEROES —the REAL ones: "those folks who stepped up to help the city out of that disaster and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center Transplant Team and Jeff Bratcher—longtime Parade volunteer—who donated a kidney to the Parade Director’s son; and all those who have volunteered to marshal and animate giant puppets throughout the Parade long history and kept this humble arts organization going!"
The Village Halloween Parade, the only major night parade in the country, is also the nation's largest public Halloween celebration - making it the largest in the world. It has been named as "The Greatest Event on Earth" for October 31 by Festivals International. It has also been listed as one of the "100 Things to Do Before You Die."
The dead and undead felt right at home in the festivities.
Karen Rubin, Long Island Eclectic Travel Examiner
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