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The iconic Halloween spectacle is still reeling from last year's Sandy-related cancellation, but you can help bring it back.

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    39th Annual Village Halloween Parade

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

39th Annual Village Halloween Parade


Time to dig into your wallets, folks—yet another weird, beloved New York City institution needs your help. Last year, thanks to the post–Hurricane Sandy power outage that consumed much of lower Manhattan, the Village Halloween Parade was forced to cancel what would have been its 40th annual march along Sixth Avenue, and the organizers lost a good chunk of cash in the process. To help recoup those funds—and get this year's parade back up and running—they've launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise $50,000 by October 21.

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The Halloween Parade isn't the first such event seeking a cash infusion via crowd-funding—earlier this year, both the Coney Island Mermaid Parade and Gemini & Scorpio successfully raised money through Kickstarter. Organizers are banking on the parade's many fans—millions of people attend the event annually, and as many as 60,000 participate—to help them reach their goal. "For many years we have said that if we could just get everyone who came to the parade to give a small donation, then we would be fine financially," says Jeanne Fleming, the event's artistic director. "By working with Kickstarter, we can allow folks to help us produce the event that they love so much." Donations will go toward a number of items, including insurance for the parade, paying the artists who participate, and food for staff and security members.

And since this is a Kickstarter campaign, there are, of course, myriad awesome perks for backers. Donate as little as a buck and your name will be added to a list of donors on the parade's website, but spare a bit more cash and you'll receive perks such as marching with one of the bands in the parade ($75); VIP access to the after-party at Webster Hall ($100); a personal shopper to help you pick out an amazing costume at Abracadabra ($200); and the opportunity to march at the head of the parade itself ($400).

You can find more details—including the full rundown of perks—at the campaign's Kickstarter page, and check out a video for the campaign below. And look at it this way: If every person who attended the parade donated a dollar, the organizers would meet their goal in no time. So let's make it happen.


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Kathryn Carlson
Kathryn Carlson

Hi, i think people that go to the parade every year should donate. I love watching it on television, but go to my local parade in Jackson Hts. Best of luck, i'm sure you'll raise the money. Kathryn

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