Harambes, Trumps, and Jokers- oh, my. If you know anything about the people of Greenwich Village, you know that they do everything big or not at all, and the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is no exception. With a chosen theme of “reverie,” there was no limit to the extravagant costumes donned by those participating in the Spring Street to 16t Street event. Given that this was an opportunity for individuals to dress in identity-concealing outfits, security was tight, so in the future if you plan on attending the parade, whether as a participant or an awe-struck audience member like myself, I would recommend arriving on the earlier side to avoid having to take extensive detours to get back to your subway stop.
The parade ran up 6th Ave from around 7pm to 11pm, and the sidewalks surrounding the route were naturally congested with eager spectators, but if you hang around one spot long enough, you’ll get to the front of the pack when those in front of you inevitably leave to go scope out a different location. You’re guaranteed to see elaborately decorated floats, and this year the highlights of the parade included a completely choreographed routine to “Thriller” taking place every 5 minutes throughout the procession, a karaoke float with flat screens ensuring that the crowd knew all of the words to “Bohemian Rhapsody”, men on stilts with absurdly decorated wings, and countless people using cleverly designed umbrellas as part of jellyfish costumes.
The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is without a doubt something you have to experience for yourself to truly be able to understand just how exciting and entertaining it really is. Pictures don’t do it justice (especially considering the ones I included are screenshots from videos I took), and videos can only capture so much (check out my New York Ci-Tay Instagram for a glimpse at a few), so I would highly highly recommend attending next year’s parade yourself. With creative and unique costumes like paper dragons incorporated among standard costumes like clowns, witches, and devils, there is no chance you don’t see something you’ll rave about to your less fortunate coworkers who were too busy to attend the parade (even if you’re a 2016 enthusiast who really is just interested in Harley Quinn and Hillary Clinton costumes).
For more information: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/events-festivals/village-halloween-parade-nyc-guide