On Halloween, October 31, 2013, the NYC Village Halloween Parade went on after nearly being canceled due to lack of funding. It was great to see everyone in costume and without from New York and around the world enjoying this event.
Despite a few raindrops at the start, the crowd looked like they were enjoying themselves watching the parade and admiring themselves and each other in costume. Anything from Darth Vader to witches and butterflies to Angry Birds were seen. The parade started with balloons, and had several floats with people dressed in costumes on the float and walking around it. The drawback was the police blocking off many from getting good spots to see the parade. It's already crowded, but when the police are routing people away from the parade so in order to see, people have to lean over police gates. That's actually a safety hazard because there is potential for the barrier to fall and injure people. But what's everyone to do when they go to see the parade, and the only ones with real front row seats are the police and people who were able to leave work early (or don't work at all)?
All in all, the Village Halloween parade deserves the title of one of the top things to do before dying. But most of all, it was good to see that everyone pulled together in the end to make such an important event in New York come back to life. Thanks to all who made it possible!