The Village Halloween Parade is expected to return this year after the 2020 event was canceled because of the pandemic, organizers announced Thursday. The 48th annual parade, which began as a small neighborhood gathering in 1973 and has grown to include over 50,000 participants, is set to take place on Sunday, October 31. But the beloved spectacle could still be canceled because of a lack of funds, according to the organizers, who say they need to raise $150,000 by October 5 to be able to put on the event.
As the parade’s website reads, the organizers received the needed permits from the city to put on the event, but they still need help raising funds. “We have gotten this go-ahead VERY LATE and we do NOT (at the moment) have enough money to make the Parade happen, so… the Parade could STILL be CANCELLED.”
If $150,000 is not raised by October 5, the parade will be called off, according to the fundraising page. As of Friday, just over $1,700 had been raised.
If the show does go on, the grand marshal of the parade will be comedian Randy Rainbow, chosen “because of his bravery in singing truth to power and making us laugh during hard times,” according to the parade’s website.
This year, both participants and spectators are encouraged to wear a mask during the parade. If you’d like to march in the parade, you must wear a costume and line up on 6th Avenue between Spring Street and Broome Street starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will kick off at 7 p.m.
The Village Halloween Parade was canceled last year because of Covid-19, marking only the second time it did not take place in its nearly 50-year history. The parade was canceled for the first time ever in 2012 because of Hurricane Sandy.
“It’s just in my bloodstream. I’m committed to this parade because I see it as a spiritual act for the soul of New York City,” Jeanne Fleming, the parade’s producer, told the New York Post. “I keep reading about Broadway returning. I’ve been thinking in my mind that the parade is live Broadway in the streets.”
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