New York City’s 42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade Themed ‘Shine a Light’

The 42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City, the largest public Halloween event in the world, kicks off at 7 pm © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The 42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City, the largest public Halloween event in the world, kicks off at 7 pm © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The theme for the 42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade, which kicks off at 7 pm on Saturday, October 31, is “Shine a Light! In times of darkness, we bring the Light!”  There will be a special Grand Marshall Float in the Parade this year featuring The Most Interesting Man in the World from Dos Equis.
Official Village Halloween Parade Puppeteers, featuring master puppeteers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, have created the Shine a Light theme, featuring dancing chandeliers and Light Masters offering small lights to the crowds.

This year’s parade will also feature several large contingents paying tribute to the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition:.

Look for the Day of the Dead commemoration float from the Las Calacas Festival from San Miguel, Mexico.  “This is a serious endeavor involving well-known artists who have a story to tell paying tribute to those creatures and humans who died this past year.”

Joining Las Calacas will be 100 teens from the Casita Maria Center in the South Bronx also exhibiting Day of the Dead costumes and puppets.  It is their first time at the Parade.

Also, the Mexican Tourism Board has sent us 30 beautiful Day of the Dead Catrinas in full costume and make-up for the march!

The Parade steps off promptly at 7 p.m. from Spring Street and 6th Avenue in Greenvich Village and makes it way up 6th Avenue to about 28th Street.

The hastag for the night is #ny1boo.

See highlights from the 2014 New York City Halloween Parade

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