New York’s most iconic Halloween event is returning once again on Monday, October 31st!
Though last year they needed help with funding the event since they received permission so late, it’s safe to say that you can definitely mark it on your calendar for this year’s Halloween festivities!
This year’s theme is freedom, and they’re asking NYers what is the move and the moment that lets you forget the world and all its troubles and just sets you free? Playing off of their theme they’re encouraging glittery costumes, your best dance moves, and anything that allows you to feel light, joyful, free, and colorful!
Of course, as always, everyone participating in the parade must wear a costume, so be sure to have yours ready! Those joining the parade can do so by arriving at the entrance point ready to go in full costume. You can enter the parade either from the east or the south, meaning Sullivan, East Broome, and Canal Streets. Be sure to arrive between 6:30p.m. and 9p.m. or you risk missing the parade!
The parade will begin at 7 p.m. and usually lasts until about 11 p.m. The streets are most crowded between Bleecker and 14th Street, so you may want to consider getting there early or trying another place along the route if the area you show up is seems too crowded.
This is a totally free public event, however, if you want to avoid the crowds and be in a special VIP area to watch the parade, you can purchase tickets here.
The parade usually attracts 60,000 participants, 2 million in-person spectators, and 2 million TV viewers (it will be broadcast live on NY1 from 8p.m. – 9:30p.m.)
Please note: Parade organizers have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol, so don’t show up drunk if you want to take part in the festivities!
Also published on Medium.