41st Annual Village Halloween Parade Sets Theme
New York City's 41st Annual Village Halloween Parade has announced the theme for this year as "The Garden of Earthly Delights." The parade will travel along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street on Friday, October 31st from 7PM-10:30PM and will air on Time Warner Cable's NY1 from 8PM-9:30PM.
The inspiration for this year's theme, "The Garden of Earthly Delights," came from the architecture and people of New York City. The parade pays tribute to the parks, the urban development and the true spirit of New York, which is the community of people. Individuals from all walks of life will come together on this night to celebrate the diversity, love and joy of New York.
In a statement, Artistic and Producing Director Jeanne Fleming commented, "The New York Village Halloween Parade has always been a secret garden of sorts, a place where for 40 years, wildness of every 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 are kept out; it is a safe place where the wildness of imagination is invited! Just as Frederick Law Olmsted's Ramble in Central Park cultivates the liberating thrill of bewilderment amidst its twisting paths, parade-goers know they will be safe within the procession. This year, parade puppeteers will sow the seeds of a verdant garden, turning Sixth Avenue into a greenway of surging shoots, unfurling blossoms and tempting fruits dangling low from the animated boughs of a giant Tree of Life." She went on to say, "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."
The iconic event has entertained the public on Halloween night for the past 40 years, attracting millions of people from around the world. The parade will showcase hundreds of puppets, 53 bands spanning all genres of music, dancers, artists and thousands of New Yorkers donning costumes of their own creation in the nation's largest public participatory event in the greatest city in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.halloween-nyc.com.