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Village Halloween Parade comes howling back after hiatus

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade was back in rousing, high-energy form Sunday evening after last year’s installment was canceled due to COVID.

The marchers, floats and giant puppets in the colorful stream of costumed creativity wended their way along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street.

(Photo by Milo Hess)

In addition to viral video spoofer Randy Rainbow, who was the affair’s grand marshal, Arthur Schwartz, a Village Democratic district leader and activist attorney, was the event’s deputy grand marshal. Two years ago after a man claiming to be a parade board member sued the event over mismanagement, threatening to block it from happening, Schwartz countersued on the parade’s behalf. A judge eventually dismissed the original lawsuit.

(Photo by Milo Hess)

Also among the parade revelers was Hudson Yards-area activist Marni Halasa, who, like Schwartz, ran in the June Democratic primary for City Council District 3, which was won by Erik Bottcher. She and a fellow figure-skating teacher friend both glided around on inline skates.

(Photo by Milo Hess)

“She was a rainbow unicorn and I was a mermaid,” Halasa said, giving a quick recap of her parade experience. “I did have a sign — ‘Angry Mermaid for Climate Justice’ — but lost it in the beginning of the parade, which was a comedy of errors including three costume malfunctions, as well as a skate-wheel mishap which I fixed on the fly. But everything miraculously worked out and we had a fabulous time — because of course, the show must go on!”

District Leader Arthur Schwartz, the parade’s deputy grand marshal, right, was joined by his friend and politcal ally Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. (Courtesy Arthur Schwartz)

This year there was a Lil Nas X “Montero” giant puppet to go along with the usual group of zombies stomp-dancing to Michael Jackon’s “Thriller,” always a fan favorite. There were Chinese dragon puppets, rock bands jamming on floats, lots of naughty nuns, tons of superheroes and fake blood galore, plus costumes about COVID vaccines, of course, and other topical issues.

Photographer Milo Hess took these shots near the parade route’s start, around Spring Street.

From right, Marni Halasa, publicist Lisa Zari and Sarah Zanolli made the spooky scene. Halasa and Zanolli are both figure-skating instructors at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. (Photo by Milo Hess)
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One Comment

  1. Carol Yost Carol Yost November 4, 2021

    Love the Salvador Dali impersonation! These were really wild outfits! Looks as if everybody had fun.

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