Posts Tagged ‘Greenwich Village’


What To Do This Weekend (10-28-10)

In Holiday Stuff,Rich,Uncategorized,What To Do This Weekend on October 28, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

New York’s Village Halloween Parade

This Sunday will mark the 38th incarnation of The Village’s annual Halloween parade.  The event started in 1973 as a house to house walk through a small section of Greenwich Village by a local mask-maker in an attempt to entertain his children and neighbors.  It has since evolved into the biggest grassroots event in the country.

The Parade draws its influence from the flamboyant expressionism that has always been the defining characteristic of the Village, but in my opinion feels much more New Orleanian.  The procession of huge puppets and surrounding helter-skelter reminds me of Mardi Gras meeting the graveyard scene in Easy Riders.

This year’s event will feature an eclectic selection of 53 bands, as well as dance troupes, artist’s contributions and a glimpse into the creative minds of tens of thousands of casually participating New Yorkers.  Of special interest will be Haitian Carnival Artist and Painter Didier Civil, who will be making traditional Haitian Parade puppets (including Baron Samedi and Gran Brigitte) and leading a traditional dance to Gede accompanied by Brooklyn-based Haitian roots band Dja-Rara.  As a thank you to Mr. Civil for his participation, the Parade will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the event to rebuilding the Art School in Jacmel, Haiti which was destroyed in the earthquake earlier this year.

This is about as authentic of a Halloween celebration as one is going to come across.  On top of that, you are not likely to come across anything like this anywhere else either.  Even if you’ve been to the parade in past years, each parade is so decidedly unique that another visit will be as fresh to you as your first time.

I recommend visiting the event’s website here sometime between now and Sunday.  If you aren’t 100% sure you want to experience the parade, seeing what the event is all about and learning its history should give you a pretty certain idea of whether or not it’s for you.