GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE NEEDS $50K FOR SANDY RECOVERY

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UPDATE: GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE HAS SET UP A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN TO HELP RAISE THE $50K NEEDED FOR THIS YEAR’S PARADE!

Source: DNAInfo New York

Organizers of the 40th annual Village Halloween parade say they must raise at least $50,000 to make up for the financial hit they took when Hurricane Sandy forced the parade to be canceled at the last minute last year — or else scale back the number of puppets and bands at this year’s festivities.

Started by Greenwich Village mask maker and puppeteer Ralph Lee in 1974, the Parade began as a walk from house to house in his neighborhood for his children and their friends. After the second year of this local promenade, Theater for the New City stepped in and produced the event on a larger scale as part of their City in the Streets program. That year the Parade went through many more streets in

Greenwich Village and attracted larger participation because of the involvement of the Theater. After the third year, the Parade formed itself into a not-for-profit organization, discontinued its association with Theater for the New City and produced the Parade on its own.

Today the Parade is the largest celebration of its kind in the world and has been picked by Festivals International as “The Best Event in the World” for October 31.

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