Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Village Halloween Parade

In 1973, Greenwich Village mask maker and puppeteer Ralph Lee staged a house-to-house puppet show to entertain his neighbors, children and friends. Thirty-three years later, Lee's show has evolved into the nation's largest public Halloween celebration.

This year more than two million people lined Sixth Avenue to watch the Village Halloween Parade while another four million watched a live broadcast on local TV station NY1. Many of the people standing behind the barriers watching were as elaborately costumed as those who were marching, dancing and riding up the street.

Hometown boys (well, at least they are former New Yorkers) Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of the rock band Kiss served as the Grand Marshals of the four hour event which included elaborate floats, choreographed dancers, dozens of marching bands, hundreds of puppets and more than 50,000 costumed marchers.

The sheer numbers make the event sound overwhelming but (unlike many other Halloween celebrations) the Village Halloween Parade isn't raucous or rowdy; it remains a good-natured, friendly outdoor party for vampires, zombies, superheroes and kids of all ages.

Strawberry & big brother  Posted by Picasa

Man carrying skeleton puppet  Posted by Picasa

Captain Morgan  Posted by Picasa

MTV VJ & "David Letterman"  Posted by Picasa

Naughty cop & naughty maid  Posted by Picasa

Reporter & "Paris Hilton"  Posted by Picasa

Desperate housewife  Posted by Picasa

Stay-Puft marshmallow man  Posted by Picasa

Man in a pink tuxedo  Posted by Picasa

Martini girl  Posted by Picasa

Catwoman and Psycho Santa  Posted by Picasa

"Paris Hilton"  Posted by Picasa

Spoon man  Posted by Picasa

Lobster boy  Posted by Picasa

Beheaded man  Posted by Picasa

Blue-haired lady  Posted by Picasa

Corpse bride  Posted by Picasa

Zombie barista  Posted by Picasa

Elf  Posted by Picasa

Cheerleader Posted by Picasa

Raccoon  Posted by Picasa

The Riddler  Posted by Picasa

Religious guy  Posted by Picasa

Devil & Zombie  Posted by Picasa

Masked man  Posted by Picasa

Cow  Posted by Picasa

Spongebob Squarepants  Posted by Picasa

Bearded bumblebee  Posted by Picasa

Sock monkey Posted by Picasa

Man with a headache Posted by Picasa

Acrobats  Posted by Picasa

Viagra man  Posted by Picasa

Zombie  Posted by Picasa

Banana boy & friend  Posted by Picasa

Scooby Doo  Posted by Picasa

Easy chair  Posted by Picasa

Can-can girl  Posted by Picasa

First-class mail  Posted by Picasa

Hot dog girl  Posted by Picasa

Edward Scissorhands  Posted by Picasa

Orange feathers & red hair  Posted by Picasa

Woman with live parrots  Posted by Picasa

Puppeteers  Posted by Picasa

"Pamela Anderson" & "Kid Rock"  Posted by Picasa

Bagged spinach with E Coli  Posted by Picasa

Wolf & wizard  Posted by Picasa

Vampires  Posted by Picasa

Autumn leaf  Posted by Picasa

Little nurse  Posted by Picasa

"Borat"  Posted by Picasa

Little dinosaur in a stroller  Posted by Picasa

The Munsters  Posted by Picasa

Gilligan & palm tree Posted by Picasa

Real cop & zombie cop  Posted by Picasa

Dia De Los Muertos  Posted by Picasa

Jack O'Lantern puppets  Posted by Picasa

Scary implants  Posted by Picasa

"Prince" & "Madonna"  Posted by Picasa

On the Mannheim Steamroller float  Posted by Picasa

Grand Marshals from Kiss  Posted by Picasa

Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons  Posted by Picasa

  • New York Village Halloween Parade

  • Kiss

  • NY1

    At 11/11/2006 02:18:00 PM, Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

    my area hosts a gay pride parade, quite a few of those would actually fit in!
    i think my favorite was the marshmallow man.
    thanks for dropping by my blog earlier.

    At 11/11/2006 09:04:00 PM, Anonymous micki said...

    Great images!! Looks like a fun time to be had by all!

    At 11/11/2006 09:52:00 PM, Blogger Kell said...

    Those pictures are great. It looks like so much fun. We don't have that much fun in Omaha, NE. Go figure. But we had lots of cute trick-or-treaters.

    At 11/12/2006 10:09:00 AM, Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

    There's nothing like New York. Very different from our little corner of the world. Thanks for coming by out here in the boonies, though!

    At 11/12/2006 10:21:00 AM, Blogger tallulah said...

    I loved headless guy and easy chair. What creatives costumes...and of course, great pictures!

    At 11/12/2006 11:57:00 AM, Anonymous colleen said...

    That was a blast! So many inventive costumes and a taste of the Village. Thanks for this post.

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