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 Sixth Avenue from the south or the east (i.e. via Canal, East Broome or Sullivan Streets) to enter the parade between 7 and 9 p.m and you can join the fun, as long as you're wearing a costume!
Only costumed parade participants will be allowed to participate, so be sure to dress to impress! You can travel only north along the parade route -- the police will stop you if you try to go south along Sixth Avenue.
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 nighttime parade in New York City and is a fun and unique way to celebrate Halloween. The parade was canceled in 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy, but otherwise, happens every year.
- 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.
- If you're taking kids to the parade, keep them close and be sure to have a plan if you get separated. It is dark and it's easy to lose someone among the crowd.
- 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).
- The parade is aired live on NY1 from 7:30-10:30 p.m., so if you're home waiting for trick-or-treaters you can still get a taste of the fun!
- The parade relies on donations to make it happen -- show your support by making a donation (or even buying a t-shirt!) on their website.
- Volunteers play many important roles in the parade -- you can help build the puppets or even participate in the parade as a parade Marshal or a puppet animator!