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New York's Village Halloween Parade

Now in its 40th year, this annual parade promises to be better than ever!

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When Is New York's Village Halloween Parade?
The parade takes place on October 31 every year.

What Time is the Halloween Parade?
The Halloween Parade begins at 7 p.m. and lasts until about 11 p.m.

Where Does New York's Village Halloween Parade Go?
The Halloween Parade begins on Sixth Avenue at Spring Street, and continues north along Sixth Avenue to 16th Street.

Who Participates in New York's Village Halloween Parade?
Nearly 50,000 people participate in the annual Halloween Parade, including costumed marchers, puppeteers, bands and more. Anyone who is interested in participating in the Halloween Parade can -- just arrive at the beginning of the parade between 6:30 and 8 p.m and you can join the fun.

New York's Village Halloween Parade Overview
A New York City tradition since 1973, New York's Village Halloween Parade is the largest Halloween celebration in the world. The parade features puppets, marchers and marching bands, as well as a limited number of floats and cars. New York's Village Halloween Parade is the only night time parade in New York City and is a fun and unique way to celebrate Halloween. The parade was cancelled in 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy.

New York's Village Halloween Parade Tips

  • Dress for the weather -- the temperature can drop significantly once the sun goes down.
  • Be prepared for crowds -- this is a popular event, it's dark and it can be hard to keep your group together. Pick a meeting point and time in case you get separated.
  • Parade watchers start lining up 2 hours before the parade begins -- with some persistence (& walking) you should be able to find a prime viewing spot up to an hour before the parade begins.
  • This is a busy night for bars and restaurants along the parade route -- if you're planning dinner after the parade, consider making reservations (especially if you're in a group).

Where Can I Get More Information About the Parade?
Visit New York's Village Halloween Parade Official Website.

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