Everything you need to know about New York’s biggest Halloween bash
The Village Halloween Parade has been a New York City tradition for more than 40 years now, and it’s coming back for another go-round on Monday. Whether you’re a fan of the pageantry and the costumes, or steadfastly hate the crowds and drunken revelry (and really, who’s to say who is right?), you’ll probably want to know where to go—or avoid—on Monday night, and we’re here to help. Read on for more information about the parade route, street closures, and other things you need to know about the festive, frightful event.
The parade travels along Sixth Avenue, beginning at Spring Street at 7 p.m. and ending at 16th Street around 11 p.m. According to the parade’s organizers, “the streets are most crowded between Bleecker and 14th Street,” so unless you feel like being smushed between lots of costumed revelers, you may be better off finding another spot to stand. (Or, as the organizers put it, “better yet, join the Parade!”)
I want to join!
Godspeed! Everything you need to know about participating is right here, but the gist: wear a costume, get to the starting point (Canal Street at Sixth Avenue) between 7 and 9 p.m., don’t show up drunk, and prepare for crowds. (And they’re serious about the costume thing—if you don’t have one, you can’t join.)
What about the weather?
Right now, it’s looking like Monday will be nice—high of 55, low of 44 (prepare for it to be on the low side at night), and clear. That’s subject to change, of course, but it probably won’t be a bad day to be outside and in costume.
I don’t want to be anywhere near it. What streets do I need to avoid?
The DOT will release that information closer to the day of the parade, but common sense dictates that most of Greenwich Village will be a mess. Prepare accordingly, and we’ll update when a list of street closures is available.