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photos by Amanda Hatfield
Though chilly, blustery and trying to spit out rain, almost nothing slows down the annual NYC's Village Halloween Parade which went off without a hitch on Friday (10/31) with your usual assortment of crazy, sexy, scary, funny and head-scratching costumes. Plus: Whoopie Goldberg as this year's Grand Marshall. A set of pictures are in this post and continue below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Halloween is here again, and that means NYC's best parade. Grand Marshall Whoopi Goldberg will lead "hundreds of PUPPETS, 53 BANDS of Different Types of Music, DANCERS and ARTISTS, and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in the nation's most wildly creative public participatory event in the greatest city in the world!" The theme this year is "The Garden of Earthly Delights!":
Although one often associates Halloween with things Infernal, this year's Halloween Parade is headed to Paradise, or more specifically the Garden of Earthly Delights. Join us as we unearth the layers of Heironymous Bosch's timeless altarpiece, exploring the precarious borderland Garden between the primeval terrors of wilderness and the modern confines of civility.Is there an oasis, a point of respite between the ravaging wilds of nature and stifling constrictions of urban life? A garden is above all, a place of precarious balance - just enough nature to tie us to our primeval roots, yet not so much we might lose our way and fall prey to the dangers that lurk in the wilderness. It is a narrow borderland of green where one might be of nature without being fully in it. The great gardens of Europe often featured mazes of hedgerows, where visitors could experience the vicarious terror of becoming lost (literally "bewildered") while taking comfort from the confines of civilization that encircled them.MEANWHILE, the dog Halloween parade happened in Tompkins Square Park on Saturday, and BrooklynVegan photographer Mimi Hong stopped by before she got to our CMJ showcase. Her constumed dog pictures continue below...
The beginning of humankind's transition to sedentary farming coincides with a mythological obsession with the Garden, as the dangerous uncertainty of our hunter-gatherer past gave way to ordered paths, sheltering walls, and sustaining bounties. The Tree of Life and the fruits of immortality are never found in the forest, jungle, or savannah, but rather in a cultivated Garden - whether Golden Apples tended by the Hesperides of the Greeks, or the Jade Emperor's Peaches of Immortality pilfered by Monkey King of Chinese Myth, or the Biblical Garden of Eden whose fruits bring knowledge even as they harken the end of innocence. Like Borges' Garden of the Forking Paths, it is a place of infinite possibilities and permutations contained within a finite and intimate space. Gardens are also places of forbidden delights and forgotten joys hidden away behind ivied walls and locked gates. The Secret Gardens of Hans Christian Andersen and Frances Hodgson Burnett remind us that the Garden evokes a return to childhood's fearless and ephemeral embrace of the world.
The New York Village Halloween Parade has always been a secret garden of sorts, a place where, for 40 years, wildness of a very rare variety has flourished within the high walls of New York's avenues. Halloween being a night of inversions, our "garden" is not a safe place where the "wild" is kept out; it is a safe place where the wildness of imagination is invited in! Just as Frederick Law Olmsted's ramble in Central Park cultivates the liberating thrill of bewilderment amidst its twisting paths, paraders know they will be safe within the procession.
This year Parade puppeteers will sow the seeds of a verdant Garden, turning 6th Avenue into a greenway of surging shoots, unfurling blossoms, and tempting fruits dangling low from the animated boughs of a giant Tree of Life. All are invited to our workshops to help bring our not-so-secret, world-famous "garden" to life and celebrate our oasis of wildness that in the end (as Olmsted said) is what truly civilizes us.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Wacky witches, scary skeletons and masked madmen took over the streets on Thursday as tens of thousands of people marched in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.We already posted one set of pictures from this year's Halloween parade. Here's another. They continue below...
A light drizzle didn't stop curious onlookers and wildly dressed marchers from strutting their stuff along Manhattan's Sixth Avenue in the annual parade, which was canceled last year due to Superstorm Sandy and was put on this year only after an emergency online fundraising campaign netted more than $50,000 in donations.
Opera singer Melanie Gall, wearing an all-black witch costume, complete with a pointy hat, said the parade was a chance for New Yorkers "to really show off." [TribTown]
photos by Chris La Putt
Every Year we rouse the puppets from the barn.There was a bit of rain, but that didn't stop the masses from showing their stuff. Constumes we saw included Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, KISS, Obamacare, random excuses to be half naked, Pee Wee Herman, Devo, Captain Crunch, Batman, Michael Jackson, Instagram and even Lou Reed. Check out more pictures HERE and below and at our Facebook page too...
We dust off our world weary spirits.
We shake cobwebs from our hair, and prepare for the ReBirth of Wonder.
Every Year we REVIVE Halloween in New York City, together!
Resurrecting our imaginations, Reawakening our creative spirits...
Re-imagining our identity and Remaking ourselves in costume.
So come out and Frolic, Perform, Strut, Shake and Shimmy on our route, en-route to a New YOU.
Show us your stuff!
2013 NYC Village Halloween Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
This Halloween is something to be sureAnd there's an Andy Warhol, a Nico and a (tacky?) Lou Reed, with a halo...
Especially to be here without you
There's a Greta Garbo and an Alfred Hitchcock
And some black Jamaican stud
There's five Cinderellas and some leather drags
I almost fell into my mug
There's a Crawford, Davis and a tacky Cary Grant
And some homeboys lookin' for trouble down here from the Bronx
Soundgarden fan accidentally wanders into 2011 parade (more by Chris La Putt)
Not that there was any doubt but the Village Halloween Parade, having suffered Sandy-related setbacks, is officially back, having met it's $50k Kickstarter goal with three days to spare (via Gothamist).
With that settled, what's your prediction for most overdone costume this year?
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.
Zombie Shari Lewis & Zombie Lambchop at 2011 's parade (more by Chris La Putt)
It was canceled, then it was maybe still happening and then finally canceled for real. The 2012 Village Halloween Parade was among the many event casualties of Hurricane Sandy. The parade will be back this year to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Unfortunately last year's last-minute cancelation took a financial toll on the parade which will launch a Kickstarter to help fund things this year. That launches September 19, so stay tuned for the link when it's live. If you just want to donate to the parade outside of Kickstarter, you can do that too.
Meanwhile, lets all cross our fingers for no hurricane this year.
Wayne Coyne hands out candy (more)
Despite the mayor's perhaps optimistic statement about rescheduling the big NYC Halloween Parade that was cancelled due to Sandy, there has been no update since November 3rd when the Village Parade organizers posted the following:
The Mayor's Office has told us that the event is cancelled and they cannot give us a reschedule date any time in the foreseeable future. As you know the Marathon was also canceled. We will keep you updated if anything changes for the future!I think we can all accept by now that the next Halloween parade should be and will be on October 31, 2013. That said, kids on the Lower East Side will have a second chance to celebrate the holiday. The NY Post reports, "about 40 merchants in the neighborhood have agreed to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters Saturday, according to the scary fun house "Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House."" Bowery Boogie says kids in the LES will be celebrating Friday afternoon too. On October 31st, those kids were in the dark.
We thank you all for the incredible support you have given us during these last very trying and exhausting days!
The Spirit of the Parade is YOUR Spirit --and YOU are all joyful, energetic, inspired, and creative folks!
Artistic and Producing Director
Webster Hall, home of one of the biggest annual Halloween parties in the city, has also rescheduled their annual event which will now take place this Saturday (11/10), The Virgin Sacrifice included...
Throughout the evening, guests witness a series of mind-blowing spectacles. At the stroke of Midnight, with flames blazing, an innocent virgin is picked from the crowd. Stripped of her clothing and dignity, the crowd watches as she is ritualistically sacrificed on a massive pentagram hung 40 feet in the air.The best costume of the night will win $5000.
Halloween Parade (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday evening that the annual Village Halloween Parade will be postponed from Wednesday due to the ongoing effects of Monday's storm.The parade's official website still just says "cancelled", but you can see what the mayor said above. Stay tuned for updates.
It was announced earlier in the day that the parade, now in its 39th year, would be canceled. However, Bloomberg's statement raised the possibility that the parade would be moved to next week.
"Unfortunately we just cannot spare the manpower from the NYPD and other city agencies to host the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, so we are postponing it to a later date sometime next week," the mayor said. "We'll work tomorrow and figure out what date makes sense given the resources the city has."
The parade route goes through the West Village and Chelsea, two neighborhoods that are largely without power due to Monday's massive storm.
So far, the 2012 New York City Marathon, scheduled for this Sunday, is still going on as planned.
UPDATE: The parade still may happen!
2011 NYC Halloween Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
The really wanted to keep it happening, but...
For the first time in our 39 year history, the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management and the NYPD have CANCELLED the Parade.We had a feeling this would happen. Still a bummer.
We hope that everyone who would have come to the Parade is safe and that those who can volunteer to help out at one of the Emergency Outreach Centers near you.
We will surely miss all of you!
The Park Slope Halloween parade is also cancelled.
As mentioned earlier today, the famous, annual Village Halloween Parade seems determined to happen, but is "awaiting the Mayor's Decision...". Meanwhile, the less famous, more family oriented parade that happens in Park Slope each year (it starts right near the currently damaged Bar 4), is officially not happening...
NYPD and NYC Department of Sanitation are focusing on clean-up and safety efforts, post Hurricane Sandy. Therefore, the annual Park Slope Civic Council Halloween Parade will be cancelled this year. The parade WILL NOT be rescheduled.Oh well. More pictures like the above, by Chris La Putt, HERE.
Best wishes for your safety during the post storm clean-up, and we'll hope for better luck with the weather next year.
2011 Halloween Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
It will definitely not be the happiest Halloween New York has ever seen, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, and it's still unclear what Halloween shows are still happening, but we were also wondering about this year's NYC Halloween Parade. Official word seems like it's still on for now. From the @NYCHalloween twitter:
sign at Death by Audio via @andrewstclair
Following 285 Kent's lead, as of October 1, 2012, five-year-old Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio is now a NO SMOKING venue. Our clothes thank you.
Speaking of, Great Design says S. 2nd & Kent is "Where Sound is Born." No show at DbA tonight, btw.
You can also make money off the new Death Grips album.
Speaking of BitTorrent and Death Grips, the rap-noise crew are the most downloaded artist on BitTorrent for the first half of 2012, with over 34 million downloads, beating Counting Crows, DJ Shadow, and Pretty Lights.
Happy Birthday to Talib Kweli (37), Gwen Stefani (43), Tommy Lee (50) and Lindsey Buckingham (61).
We premiered a new Riverboat Gamblers video on BV Austin.
You can stream the new Converge record in full.
Touche Amore do a great cover of The Replacements' "Unsatisfied" for their new split with The Casket Lottery (out now on No Sleep Records). Meanwhile, The Casket Lottery offer their take on Beach House's "Myth." Stream the entire release (both bands offer an original song as well) at the No Sleep Bandcamp.
Legendary black metal crew Von, widely considered to be the first US black metal band, have released a new song (!) in "Jesus Stain" from their upcoming Satanic Blood due on Oct 31. Stream that track below courtesy of Decibel Magazine.
Meanwhile you can catch Silver Apples at Public Assembly.
Then you can catch Silver Apples at 92YTribeca.
Help save the Historic Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy.
More stuff below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"What's happened to Halloween? The celebration of all things sugary has turned sour: dentists are colluding to pay kids for their candy. GreatSchools, an education website, has gone so far as to proclaim trick-or-treating booty an "unmitigated disaster for parents trying to protect their children from OD'ing" on sugar, and offers parents tricks for handling the "upcoming tsunami of sucrose."Here's another set of pictures from the 2011 Village Halloween Parade (first set HERE). They continue below...
In online forums, moms trade tips for keeping sweets away from kids without their cluing in. One mom says she partners with neighbors to supply trick-or-treaters with only pre-approved (read: yucky) treats. Other parents are more openly Scroogey: one mom torments her kids by forcing them to hand out the candy they collected earlier in the evening to trick-or-treaters who show up later on their doorstep. Yet another mother invokes the "Great Pumpkin," who swoops down tooth-fairy-style, removing Milk Duds and leaving toys and books in their stead.
I'm unclear what's so great about this. My kids, at least, have no shortage of toys or books; they do have a dearth of candy, though, which is precisely why Halloween is so great. It's specifically because we don't let them gorge on Twix bars the rest of the year that their spooky stash is so special." [TIME]
photos by Chris La Putt
The streets crawled with spooky sights, from floating eyeballs and skeletons to Occupy Wall Street protesters dressed as budget axes, for the annual Halloween parade Monday.More pictures from the 2011 Village Halloween Parade, below...
As in years past, current events made their presence felt, as a contingent of about 200 anti-Wall Street demonstrators joined the 39th annual Village Halloween Parade wearing costumes that reflected their protest against economic inequality. Zombies and pink slips were some of their other themes. They carried signs that said "stop the vampire economy" and "foreclosure is scary." [CBS]
photos by Amanda Hatfield
hipsters & Die Antwoord in the Village Halloween Parade
"President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama opened up the White House doors to the local children and military families to the North Portico of the White House [on Halloween]. Always willing to open the doors to the White House the first family had some trick or treaters getting their candy game on track.Today, election day, Obama is busy supporting candidates. Go out and vote, even you undead hipsters! (The Rent is Too Damn High!)
Michelle Obama didn't dress up this year, last year she went as a p*ssy cat, this year she kept it simple and rocked an orange sweater with black trousers. The President was on hand taking in all the festivities cheering on the little trick or treaters and hugging it out with Abraham Lincoln." [Peace FM]
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
"The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is the largest and most elaborate public Halloween celebration in the entire United States. Over 60,000 outrageously costumed people participated and over 2 million people watched the colorful parade that stretched over a mile in Greenwich Village. This year's parade route, however, was a little shorter than usual as organizers were forced to cut down the route in an effort to save the city money on security.You saw ONE, TWO, and now a third set of NYC Halloween Parade pictures continues (this one being the most NSFW so far) below...
The Parade included circus performances, dancers, dozens of floats, live bands, jugglers, stilt-walkers, performing acts, huge puppets, ghosts, ghouls and even some truly scary costumes like that of "Snooki" and "The Situation" from the Jersey Shore! Eeek!" [CNN]
F U (photo by Jessica Amaya)
Halloween revelers ignored the cold weather, a shorter route and a scaled down production to celebrate the holiday in their best costumes for the 38th Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade Sunday.Our first batch of Halloween parade pictures are HERE. The second batch continues below...
Thousands of New Yorkers turned out to watch or march in the parade wearing costumes ranging from news-based themes like rescued Chilean miner outfits to classic monsters like vampires, zombies and mummies.
"I rise from the sea to celebrate All Hallows Eve," said George Roman, 31, who dressed for the occasion as a pirate zombie.
Roman staked out his viewing spot on the corner of Sixth Avenue and West Fourth Street three hours before the start of the parade. "Halloween is my Christmas," said Roman, who has attended the parade every year since he can remember.
Temperatures Sunday night dipped into the low 40s, making things tough on some of the skimpier costumes. "It's a little chilly," said Colin Hanns, 17, an FIT freshman who made his sailor costume out of vintage fabric. "But it's so worth it." [DNAInfo]
photos by Chris La Putt
today in NYC
* the Halloween parade
* Justin Bond @ Joe's Pub
* tribute bands @ Union Pool
* Sun Ra Arkestra @ Sullivan Hall
* The Dresden Dolls @ Irving Plaza
* The Black Crowes @ Best Buy Theater
* The Old Ceremony, Mascott @ The Rock Shop
* Rocky Horror Picture Show Anniversary Party @ Le Poisson Rouge
* World/Inferno Friendship Society (Hallowmas 2010) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Felice Brothers, Adam Haworth Stephens @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Robbers On High Street (as ELO), Black Dragon, Blue Album Group @ Mercury Lounge
* Delicate Steve, Golden Ages, Crinkles, Lawrence Welks and Our Bear To Cross @ Cake Shop
* Das Racist, Keepaway, Pictureplane, The Intelligence, The Beets, Cassie Ramone & Justin from The Babies as The White Stripes, Janka Nabay, Blissed Out @ Ridgewood Temple (Todd P's Halloween Party)
This year is the 38th Annual Village Halloween Parade.
This year's theme: "Memento Mori"
Twenty years ago the iconic Day of the Dead puppets first appeared in the Village Halloween Parade, our festival of All Souls to ritual traditions worldwide -the Guede in Port-au-Prince, the Skull and Bones Gang of New Orleans, in the calaveras of Oaxaca, the Midnight Robbers of Trinidad, and beyond. Often it is in the places where tragedy is more ubiquitous and everyday existence can be more of a struggle, that expressions of the Dead are the most exuberant, a reminder that life itself, despite itshardships, is a gift. The Dead - as they return to drink coffee, play checkers, watch TV,but above all, to dance - offer us a mirror to see with fresh eyes the everyday things in our lives, rendered invisible by routine. Every sound, action, and motion we take for granted, they rejoice in - on the one night they can. So each year, when the skeletons take their place at the head of the Halloween Parade, they are not grim expressions of the morbid but rather joyful reminders of all that is vital.Also check out the previous post (and its comments): "What's happening on Halloween weekend in NYC this year?"
As the beloved dancing skeletons enter their third decade in the Village Halloween Parade, we seek to honor them - and in doing so, to honor all those who have walked in their footsteps. Official Parade puppeteers Superior Concept Monsters, Master Puppeteer Basil Twist and Haitian Artist Didier Civil plan to work with the Mexican, Haitian and arts communities to make and remake, create and re-create, re-envision and resurrect the entire Day of the Dead section, calling forth not only the spirits of the Dead, but many of the puppets of past VHP artists that had long been absent from the streets of Greenwich Village. Drawing on traditional forms from Trinidad to Tibet, Haiti to Mexico, new 12'-foot tall skeletal puppets will add new life to the VHP's jubilant underworld - a cortege drawn by galloping night-Mares, an illuminated Ghost Train, and a dozen brand-new dancing Calaveras skeletons and who knows what else to join their brethren at the head of the Parade.
As the perennial community of Halloween volunteers gathers again this year to build and rehearse our memento mori ("Remembrance of Death") we'll look back on 37 years of Halloween in NY with another Latin adage: "Vita Brevis Ars Longa" : life is short, but art endures.
The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black was supposed to play Santos Party House, but the venue is closed.
Did you catch Legendary Pink Dots at Le Poisson Rouge the other night? Since their tour was announced, they were also added as opener for tonight's Dresden Dolls show at Irving Plaza.
That Dresden Dolls show also promises "special guests, rare performances, and a cacophony of Brechtian entertainment." AND: "This triumphant return will be documented by the Dresden Dolls fan base in a project spearheaded by This One Is On Us. Fans from all over the world will record, edit, design, and promote to produce a DVD of the evening for all the world to cherish and enjoy. This project aims to blur the link between author and reader even further - until both are one and the same."
Tonight's show at Union Pool show:
HALLOWEENCheck out Violens' new Halloween-friendly video for "Violent Sensation Descends" below...
DAMN! a Halloween tribute to WHAM!
(Max and Kev from Pizza Party on EVR)
THE CURE(Warm Ghost)
ELO(Members of The Mad Scene and The Flaming Fire)
DANZIG/MISFITS(Members of Love as Laughter, Children, and Violent Bullshit
Check out Howlies' new Halloween-friendly video for "Zombie Girl" below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Blackwolf the Dragonmaster
"In a Halloween prank turned tragic, an MTA bus driver struck and killed a Bronx man who had just thrown a heavy object at the vehicle, shattering part of the front window,police said.Blackwolf the Dragonmaster, Itsi Atkins, lots of Michael Jacksons and Lady Gagas, and many other NYC characters showed up to the Halloween Parade on Saturday. Pictures HERE, HERE, and one final set, below...
The incident raised the alarm of transit employees who were already on watch against increasingly violent pranksters on Halloween. Earlier in the day, a windshield on another Bronx bus was shattered after it was allegedly struck with a bullet from a BB gun." [AMNY]
photo by Vincent
An armed suspect dressed as an oversized purple Teletubby is wanted by police in London, Ont. in connection with a robbery on Halloween.The 36th annual New York City Village Halloween Parade happened Saturday night here in the USA. A set of pictures from Bao are posted HERE. Another two sets continued below...
A woman reports she was walking home alone just after midnight, when she was approached by a man dressed as a Teletubby, carrying a handgun.
Police say he demanded money from the victim, then fled on foot with an amount of cash.
No injuries are reported.
The suspect is described as a 6 ft. 2 in. man weighing 200 to 240 pounds, with short dark hair, clean shaven, and a muscular build. [The Globe and Mail]
photos by Bao Nguyen
It was fright night in Greenwich Village Saturday as thousands of Halloween revelers paraded up Sixth Avenue dressed to thrill.More pictures from the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade below...
Creepy ghouls, spooky ghosts and a multitude of Michael Jackson-lookalikes came out of the shadows under the cover of darkness, and even the pouring rain couldn't dampen their spirits.
"I think tonight is one of the best nights ever," said Angel Estrella, 38, from Bedford Park, in the Bronx, who was dressed as the Wizard of Oz's wicked witch of the West.
"I don't think it's been this packed, despite the weather.
"I'm soaked but I feel great."
Several groups of up to 50 people performed dance routines from Michael Jackson's Thriller and Beat It videos in tribute to the King of Pop. [Daily News]
Soya Milk & Latte (by Tim Griffin)
A brilliant Halloween swept away the gloom from a city that desperately needed some good tidings. I left my home late Friday afternoon in my old, fat Elvis costume, and the streets of Nolita were packed with children dressed as skunks, pixies, angels, and such. I had to stop to watch this mini-parade of cuteness. Store owners filled the little tykes' pumpkins and bags from their own pumpkins and bags with the requisite sweet stuff. I grabbed a cab to take me to a production meeting over at Webster Hall, where I was to be a judge at the $5,000 costume contest. Adults and teenagers in clown suits and monster masks strolled past at lights, and I asked my Pakistani driver what he thought of Halloween. He told me that he never understood it: "Americans are usually so brash and poorly dressed despite the great wealth of the country. But on this day they go crazy and are suddenly creative and very nice." He concluded that it gave him "a great feeling of optimism about us." [Steve Lewis]More pictures from Friday night's parade below...