Nothing says Halloween in downtown NYC more than the annual Village Halloween Parade.
Now in its 43rd year, the celebration welcomes anyone in costume to join in the wild festivities on Oct. 31 as music, dancers and artists merge with thousands of everyday New Yorkers to celebrate the spookiest night of the year.
This year's theme is "Reverie," which according to the theme statement is describe as the following:
One thinks of Halloween as a chance to fantasize, but more than anything Halloween lets us realize, allowing us to play ourselves, leaving the remainder of the year for sleepwalking.
We are hopeful folks will create a Halloween costume that at once expresses and feeds their soul. As they say in Trinidad Carnival: “Parade Yourself” to fully experience the transformative process of carnival. This call to ACTION by way of inaction for ART is conceived and manifested in this liminal space—and making ART heals both the individual and the collective soul."
We know that delving into this realm also does some Soul Stitching (our costume designers know that sewing is a quick entry point!)
In these moments of reverie, our eyes are fresh, a child’s eyes. Our thoughts unfettered by habit, ideas and inspirations swirl in.
So this year we celebrate Reverie, inviting one and all to recreate their waking dreams.
You can check out the Reverie or just plain fun from the 2016 event in the photos above.