The 40th annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade had a palpable sense of heightened energy after being cancelled last year because of Hurricane Sandy. This year’s parade featured more witches, zombies, ghouls and Michael Jacksons than ever. The participants marched up Sixth Avenue with a blissful energy, eager to be part of the reclamation of New York.
While the numbers are still not official, tens of thousands of marchers streamed by the onlookers for approximately 3 hours. The Michael Jackson Thriller dance team was, as usual, one of the most popular acts. The musical floats and marching bands had the crowd dancing while showering the spectators with beads, giving the parade a Mardi Gras feel.
Kelly Ripa of the “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” morning talk show was selected as the Grand Marshall for being instrumental in raising funds for the parade. The event was saved this year by a Kickstarter campaign that included 900 donors who contributed an estimated $55,000.