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

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    8 Responses to The Village Halloween Parade

    1. 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.

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    2. micki says:

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

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    3. Kell says:

      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.

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    4. 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!

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    5. tallulah says:

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

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    6. colleen says:

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

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    7. What’s the deal with Miss Hilton? I just read someplace that she would definitely be in a Guinness World Records book as being the world’s “Most Overrated Celebrity.” As if! Can she act? Is she hot as a model? Double yuck! And getting out of jail earlier? Ms. Untalented skirting her accountability as a consequence of her remarkable grandpa, or was it her celebrity status?

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    8. But a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw great layout. “Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation.” by Benjamin Disraeli.

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