Village Halloween Parade reaches fundraising goal
Revelers, don’t despair: the Village Halloween Parade is back on.
Organizers of the iconic Greenwich Village event surpassed their fundraising goal Thursday.
The New York institution, now in its 40th year, was at-risk since taking a $50,000 hit upon canceling the parade following Superstorm Sandy.
Organizer Jeanne Fleming set up the crowd-funding Kickstarter page in September to save the event and 836 backers collectively pledged $50,396 as of Thursday afternoon, with just four days to spare.
Fleming said she was “overwhelmed” by the outpouring of support.
“What I think we’ve come to realize over this course of this campaign was that this was like a gathering of the tribe,” she said. “We thought the tens of thousands that come out to the parade would donate, but it turned out to be a small group that, like us, really cares about making this happen for other people. It came from people who give beyond themselves.”
Fleming said she hoped the donations would continue. Any additional funding would go toward a “hero’s float” honoring community leaders after Sandy.
“This is just so great for the community,” she said. “We’re absolutely thrilled.”
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