NYC’s Village Halloween Parade 2021: Complete guide

The beloved spooky march through lower Manhattan is finally underway again.

Following fears of almost being canceled for the second year in a row due to COVID-19, the 2021 Village Halloween Parade is set to dazzle Big Apple Sunday at 7 p.m.

Expected to be an evening of wild fun, dancing, music and remarkable wardrobes carried by the masses, artistic and producing director Jeanne Fleming said this year’s 48th Halloween parade in NYC is particularly sentimental.

“We were the first event to return after 9/11 in 2001, and this year reminds me in a way of that,” said Fleming, who is entering his 40th year of mastering the show on All Hallows Eve, to The Post.

“It’s the feeling of ‘we can be together again’.”

She also said the parade barely had the financial assets to function this year before a generous donation from UBS senior vice president Jason Feldman saved the day in September.

"Many people will keep their costumes secret until they arrive.  One of the funny things is not knowing" said Fleming.
“A lot of people want to keep their costumes secret until they arrive. One of the fun things is not to know,” said artistic and production director Jeanne Fleming about the 48th annual Village Halloween Parade.
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The long-awaited return of the parade hardly happened this year.  But the organizers are ecstatic that it did.
The long-awaited return of the parade hardly happened this year, but the organizers are ecstatic that it did.
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“It just came out of nowhere and was incredible. So we’ve struggled to get a year of work done in six weeks now.”

The last-minute push has a golden edge in making this year’s run “very homemade and folk-artistic,” just like the march’s origins in the early 1970s, Fleming said.

The costume theme is “Let’s Play”, and the organizers encourage parade guests to think about dressing up from game show-related ideas all the way to baseball players and even piles of cards this time around.

“A lot of people want to keep their costumes secret until they arrive. One of the fun things is not knowing,” Fleming said.

Every year, the parade attendees' costumes are often kept mysterious until the march, something Fleming personally loves.
Every year, the parade attendees’ costumes are often kept mysterious until the march, something Fleming personally loves.
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Comedian Randy Rainbow will also serve as the 2021 grand marshal after gaining popularity for his parody song “Mr. Biden (Bring My Vaccine)” on YouTube last March.

Fleming expects this parade to have a monstrous turnout.
Fleming expects this parade to have a monstrous turnout.
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Rainbow will be among 53 bands, dancers, artists and what are expected to be thousands of New Yorkers.

“I am very curious about the turnout this year. I have a feeling it will be bigger than ever, Fleming said.

Due to the long-awaited reunion, the parade will also incorporate another theme, “All Together Now,” which speaks to the sense of community, especially for New York City, which had to stay home last Halloween.

These local kids got the chance to make dolls on any topic they liked to be featured at the forefront of this year’s parade as a partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts, located near the parade route on Charlton Street in Hudson Square.

This year's parade route goes up Sixth Avenue from Spring to 16th Street.
This year’s parade route goes up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street.
This year, the kids in NYC had the chance to design the parade dolls after Halloween 2020 became a bust.
This year, the kids in NYC had the chance to design the parade dolls after Halloween 2020 became a bust.
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Listening to the roar of the audience and the happy children is what Fleming is most looking forward to, she said.

“Hearing that cheer and seeing so many happy people, that’s what I can not wait for.”

Marchers can only approach Sixth Avenue from the east or south, as Spring Street will be closed due to the festivities.
Marchers can only approach Sixth Avenue from the east or south, as Spring Street will be closed due to the festivities.
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In terms of when and where, the parade route will run along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street. The parade begins on the avenue at 18.30 and runs until kl. 21.00 between the streets Spring and Broome.

Marchers can only approach Sixth Avenue from the east or south, as Spring Street will be closed due to the festivities.

In addition to marching and watching for free from the sidewalk, there are VIP ticket packages that allow people to skip queues, ride on rafts and walk with Randy Rainbow in addition to other perks.

Participants must wear masks, and those looking at the street are encouraged to wear decorated masks as well. The parade will be televised on NY1 at 20.00

Due to the long-awaited reunion, the parade will also incorporate another theme, "Everyone now," which harps on the sense of community, especially for New York City, which had to stay home last Halloween.
Due to the long-awaited reunion, the parade will also incorporate another theme, “All Together Now,” which speaks to the sense of community, especially for New York City, which had to stay home last Halloween.
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