For the past four decades, New York City’s annual Village Halloween Parade has brought an incredible collection of costumed families and eccentric citizens to 6th Avenue on Halloween night. This is the type of event that makes celebrating a fun, festive holiday in New York City unlike spending that particular day anywhere else. The absolutely wonderful and stand out element of the parade, is the elevated sense of imagination and masquerade.
The notion that there’s strength in numbers essentially defines what makes this a great way to celebrate Halloween. The event’s website photographs expose the group efforts of parades in the past. They seem to speak enthusiastically to Halloween’s beloved collaborative creativity. One picture shows a man dressed up like Ferris Bueller singing, surrounded by German girls on a parade float— a take on a classic scene from the John Hughes film. Another image shows a large scale Thriller dance being performed by zombies, one of whom is a Michael Jackson zombie. With tons of other great examples posted along with the exciting mystery of what people will come up with this year, prospective attendees can really fall into the contagious spirit that makes this one of the most beloved holidays in the United States.
Some other exciting aspects of the Halloween Parade include the promise of hundreds of giant puppets, a wide array of international music acts, artists and more. The spirit of this parade truly builds on the otherworldly exploration of the late October celebration. These concepts are explored with this year’s theme, The Garden of Earthly Delights. It’s meant to play off the fact that the Parade invites people to leave their everyday selves and get consumed with some wild fun.
With many interpretations and predictions to be taken from past parades and overall reputation, the only way to truly get a taste is to check out 6th Avenue this coming Halloween. Even if you’ve been to the parade before, it’s ever evolving, so no matter who you are, this will be unlike any Halloween you’ve ever had before. In a good way!