Costumed Revelers in New York City March in 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade
November 2016, New York City: Boo!
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Ghouls, ghosts, goblins, witches, and superheroes, among other surrealistic characters, marched up Sixth Avenue in the 43rd annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City as tens of thousands of spectators cheered (and jeered) them on.
This year’s Parade theme was “Reverie” which the organizers described as “that liminal space in which one creates.”
Open to anyone in a costume, the Parade started as a small event in 1974 when a puppeteer marched with his family in Greenwich Village. Since then, the Parade has emerged as the nation’s largest public Halloween celebration.
Numerous New York City Police Department units ensured that the festivities were safe. Over 50 floats with conceptual creations and cultural allusions ranging from the supernatural to politics thrilled and entertained spectators.
The Village Halloween Parade is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership of the City Council.
The 2016 Parade was also dedicated to the memory of Maggie Peyton who served as a Director of Arts & Culture under four borough presidents.