Attending the Village Halloween Parade is a rite of passage when one moves to New York City. It may not be as completely outrageous as it once was, but this annual holiday extravaganza is quintessential Greenwich Village.
Though many parade attendees are there to show off their costumes and check out those of others, there’s a large number of guests who revel in the nostalgia of a New York tradition that’s marched downtown since 1973. But there’s a lot more history to the parade than most people may know. For instance, the parade didn’t always go up 6th Avenue, and there’s an entire art form behind those supersized puppets.