Ralph Lee would have never thought he was creating something that would go on to become the biggest event that would be celebrated year after year in New York.
The parade has its origins in his 6th street backyard when Ralph, then a puppet and mask maker in 1974 , organized this mile long parade of musicians and masked performers to entertain his children and their friends.
Now in its 42nd year, Halloween is a rite of passage for anyone who moves to NYC.It may not be as completely outrageous as it once was, but this annual holiday extravaganza is quintessential Greenwich village.
2015 THEME: “Shine a Light!”
In times of darkness, we bring in the light!
Or as Martin Luther King says:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Today the parade that starts from 6th street to end on the 16th street is the largest of its kind in the world and attracts over two million spectators and 60,000 participants.
Some of the pics from yesterday’s parade for you to enjoy!