Posted in Halloween | NYC on September 16, 2013

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As mentioned, the annual NYC Village Halloween Parade will be back for its 40th Anniversary this year and is in need of some financial help due to last year's 11th hour cancellation in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Their Kickstarter went live today which has until October 21 to meet their $50k goal. You can watch the parade's Kickstarter video and read a little bit more about where the money will be going below.

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NYC Halloween Parade Kickstarter will help fund:

• The deficit from Hurricane Sandy

• Security. Lots of it to make sure you and the other 2 millions people can have fun and be safe

• Insurance. Higher than ever and mandatory

• Artist & Producer fees. Even with our limited budget, we try to pay as many creative folks as possible! From producers and volunteer coordinators, to float designers and fabricators, to puppet makers and choreographers, to bands and musicians, dancers and stilt walkers, we value the creative people we work with.

• Materials. We make hundreds of new puppets, costumes and floats for the Parade theme each year. % Day of Event Equipment. Walkie talkies. Trucks & floats. Port-o-sans. Lighting. Audio.Video. % Signage. You d be lost without it!

• Staff Uniforms. (The coveted Marshal Tees) So you know who we are if you need something!

• Food for Staff, Volunteers & Security: No robots are used in the making of this parade. It takes 450 people to pull this off, and, like the army we are, we run on our stomachs!

• Basil Twist's Giant Spider to climb back up the Jefferson Market Library Tower!

We do not spend any money on advertising. The publicity you see on the parade is either unsolicited or secured via trade with media sponsors for on air or in-print announcements.

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Comments (16)

Artist & Producer fees? Bugger off, we'll get someone who understands what "free" means. Also, "volunteer" means you don't come expecting food, or swag or any such. Give me a break. I'm not donating a dime to some slob's slush fund. Fuck that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2013 3:45 PM

Jesus, grow up. I really hope this thing gets cancelled.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2013 3:55 PM

One year I saw a guy with a live goat at the parade. A live goat, on a rope. I can only image the unspeakable things that man did to that goat that night.

+1 for canceling it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2013 4:06 PM

why would anyone donate money to a halloween parade? there are a million other more important things to donate to.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2013 4:20 PM

@4:20 agreed! i'm saving my money for the next zach braff and/or veronica mars kickstarter!

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2013 4:45 PM

I agree with 3:45pm. They want people to donate, but also pay some staffers? They would need to first open the books.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2013 4:46 PM

Any and I mean ANY excuse to start up a kickstarter. There are always fools looking to throw their money away.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2013 4:59 PM

I'd donate if they'd promise to cancel it forever. The parade has totally gotten away from what it was originally. Now it's just a pain in the ass for those who live and work on the route.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2013 6:27 PM

Insurance I can understand. Security- Let the city pay for it like all the other ethnic parades , celebrations, street fairs, etc.

Materials??? Let people get dressed up however they want and prance about with everyone else like they have always done.

Staff uniforms and FOOD!? Get the fuck out of here.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2013 7:33 PM

Like a lot of things this started out as a nice, local Greenwich Village parade and now it has become this bloated monstrosity with grandstands, people acting like morons etc.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2013 9:09 PM

God, I hate everyone who posts on BV. You are all ungrateful pieces of shit

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2013 9:36 PM

This is a load of bullshit as all parades are.

Here's a better, easier, cheaper idea for Halloween:

Close off Seventh Avenue from Houston Street to 14th Street to traffic for people to just hang out street fair style.

Posted by D | September 17, 2013 1:10 AM

I gave at the Mermaid Parade

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 8:27 AM

Son, my boy D got opinions that destroy you like 42 decks... And his unwavering comment stamina is proof he be shooting up on that golden brown colored hummus with uncut Phyto-Nuttients. Don't f*ck with D, or you get the D in the B... Knameen?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 8:55 AM

We are a little late but the NYC Halloween Parade is (finally) on facebook. Please fan us! We need to build up our fanfare fast cause Halloween is a’ comin’ !

Posted by Bryanna | October 10, 2013 2:36 AM

Happy halloween to one & all! Do U have alist of parade participants? I'm especially interested in knowing about all the bands. Especially Rock Bands! Thx!

Posted by Aristedes Philip Duval | October 31, 2013 6:56 PM

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