Every year, New York City comes together and celebrates Halloween in grand style at the 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade. Locals and visitors from around the world converge on Lower Manhattan in costume and disguise, marching with like-minded parade-goers and having a blast doing it. Make sure that you come out to this year’s Halloween Parade NYC for a whole lot of scare, but mainly just a whole lot of fun.
Attending the Halloween Parade NYC
About the Parade
It may seem obvious, but New York City’s 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade will take place on Monday, October 31, around 7 p.m. and go until about 11 p.m. For anyone who can’t make it out to the parade, it will be broadcast live on NY1 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Halloween night.
The Greenwich Village Parade is run by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Public donations fuel the funding for this beloved New York institution.
How to Get in
The only requirement for marching in the parade is that you MUST be in costume. Then, and only then, will you be permitted to enter the parade at 6th Avenue and Canal, Sullivan or East Broome Street. The parade begins on Spring Street and goes up 6th to 16th Street.
Just be sure that you show up between 7 and 9 p.m., or else you might miss the entire thing. It gets very busy and extremely crowded, that’s why it’s so important to get there ahead of time. It gets most crowded between Bleecker and 14th Street, so plan accordingly.
What to Expect
Spend enough time in New York City and you’ll learn to expect the unexpected, especially on Halloween. At the Halloween Parade NYC, you’ll see many elaborate, scary, unique, creative and wacky costumes. Last year’s theme was “Shine a Light,” so you can expect this year’s to be just as eerie and the costumes to be just as wild.
In addition to all of the zany costumes, the parade will feature hundreds of giant handmade puppets, over 50 bands performing music from all around the world, dancers of all types and decorations from some incredible local artists.
Not many people know this but, if you’re in the parade and in costume, then you have entered yourself in the annual costume contest. Their secret scouts blend in with the crowd and hand out contact cards to the best dressed. From those who contact them back, a winner will be chosen.
For those who wish to continue the fun, there will be an after party at the famous Webster Hall where you can hang with friends and celebrate with the rest of the city at a popular Halloween party.
If you’re planning to attend this year’s Halloween Parade NYC, you’re going to want to start thinking of your costume now. You’re going to have a lot of competition.