This years parade started under a somber note due to the terror attack that happened just hours before the parade was scheduled to start. People showed up much later and there were conversations as to whether or not to proceed with the parade at all, but New Yorkers showed that it takes a lot more to scare or break the spirit of people here. Below are some of my favorites from another great event..
Some facts about the parade (from NYC Parade Site)
- The nation’s largest public Halloween celebration
- Named as The Greatest Event on Earth by Festivals International for October 31
- Attended by over 2 million people, seen by over 1 million on TV.
- The nation’s only major night Parade.
- Listed as one of the 100 Things to do Before You Die.
- A mile-long stage featuring tens of thousands of costumed marchers, hundreds Halloween characters, including giant masks and puppets, dozens of marching bands playing music from around the world stilt walkers, jugglers, break dancers and other street performers participate in the Parade
- An event which has a positive impact on New York economic life, bringing hundreds of thousands of tourists and an estimated $90 million in tourism dollars into the city, providing Greenwich Village businesses and restaurants their best night of the year..