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Your guide to the Village Halloween Parade

The Village Halloween Parade is celebrating its 44th year. This is how, when and where to watch (or join in) the festivities in 2017.
Village Halloween Parade
The Village Halloween Parade is attended by more than 2 million people and has been listed as one of the 100 Things to do Before You Die. Photo: Twitter/NYCHalloween

The Village Halloween Parade is a spectacle many look forward to as soon as the air turns crisp (or humid, with climate change and all that) and pumpkin spice lattes are cupped between the two mitts of basic b-tches everywhere.

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When is the Village Halloween Parade 2017?

The Village Halloween Parade will be held on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. and is expected to run until 11 p.m.

All in costume are welcome to join in “…the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event in the greatest city in the world!” If you want to participate in the parade, line up on 6th Avenue at Canal Street between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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How to watch the Village Halloween Parade in person or on TV.

According to the website, the parade runs up 6th Avenue from Spring to 16th Street. "The streets are most crowded between Bleecker and 14th Street, so you might consider getting there early or try another place along the route…(or better yet, put on a costume and join the Parade!)"

For more information on how to get there, check out the website.

The parade will be telecast on NY1 from 8-9:30 p.m.

The Village Halloween Parade theme is…

This year, the theme is Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie.

“In 1842 PT Barnum attached the head of a monkey to a taxidermied fish and the Fiji Mermaid was born!

According to the website: “We laugh now, but Barnum’s Museum was the Carnivalesque forerunner of what became the modern science museum. He straddled a past in which private obsessions with nature’s aberrations produced Cabinets of Curiosity filled with real and imagined natural relics, and today’s future where CRISPR gene-splicing technology promises to unleash a host of unholy hybrids into our midst.

The site added: “We know, as Mary Shelley did in 1818, that the scariest thing in Frankenstein was not the monster but the Doctor, who presumed to create new life out of a patchwork of lifeless parts.The human urge to invent life has bloomed with time, as our fixation on cryptozoologic wonders produces Sasquatch footprints, blurry Loch Ness Monster photos, and Chupacabra crime scenes. The Fiji Mermaid is alive and well, and our collective Cabinet of Wonder has grown exponentially.Where Barnum and Dr. Frankenstein used needle and thread, geneticists are using GT-scans and configurators, but the result is the same: the sleep of reason breeds monsters.

“So, as we approach Frankenstein’s bicentennial, we are building our own Cabinet of Wonders, the Parade itself!”

 
 
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