The leaves are not anywhere near the ground yet, but the 2014 theme for New York City's world famous Halloween parade has already been announced. This year's theme will be "The Garden of Earthly Delights." The parade will be on Friday October 31, 2014 beginning at 7 p.m.
Last year's superhero theme was a major success as the parade was able to continue after Hurricane Sandy thanks to a huge donation campaign. This year's theme will be no different in celebrating each individual who is a part of the parade no matter what the function is. Everyone is a part of the garden. This year, the puppeteers will create a big tree of life with an assortment of flowers and fruits hanging. For the rest of the garden, it's all up to the parade goers. Be whatever the heart and mind can create whether it be a walking plant, a fruit basket, grass, or maybe a piece of rotting fruit. (It is Halloween and someone will always find a way to combine creativity with something disgusting.) Please note that only those in costume are permitted to participate in the parade itself although people in and out of costume can and do watch from the side lines. In fact, there are so many people there that if people do not get there early, they will have a hard time seeing anything at all. So come prepared as usual for most any event in New York City, especially the ones that easily attract a million people.
This year, even the New York City skyline will get a touch of Halloween fun. Around Jefferson Market Library, don't forget to look up! There will be a giant spider crawling on the tower and a giant squid reaching out.
To be able to march in the parade with a bunch of other creatively costumed people, artists, over one hundred puppets, and music from around the world, the lineup begins on 6th Avenue south of Spring Street and north of Canal Street between 6:30 p.m and 8:30 p.m. Then the parade will proceed up 6th Avenue towards 16th Street. As usual, New York City media will give Halloween enthusiasts who are not so enthusiastic about crowds a chance to watch from afar on television station NY1 from 8-9:30 p.m.
If the Village Halloween Parade is anything like last year's, it will be a fun night for all.