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The 2019 Village Halloween Parade Guide

New York City’s 46th Annual Village Halloween Parade is approaching soon on Thursday, October 31st, and this is your guide on all the essential information you need for attending, watching, and volunteering. 

Running from 7pm to 11pm, the Parade runs straight up 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street. Check out the Parade map BELOW for the visual route.  

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All the essential information you need can be found below, including street closures and transit information. 

The 2019 theme is “WILD THING!” Think Mudman, GreenMan, Scarecrow! Read the 2019 Theme Statement here

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE & MARCH IN THE PARADE? 

ANYONE and EVERYONE in costume is welcome! Be creative! Arrive between 6:30pm and 9pm and then follow the crowd UP Sixth Avenue. If you are meeting with friends, it is best to meet a block or two from the Parade route and all come over together to the line-up 

You can only enter the Parade through the Sixth Avenue and Canal Street entrance. You can only enter this area from the EAST and South (Sulivan, East Broome, and Canal Streets); if you come from the West, enter ONLY from Canal Street. 

You can skip the line by getting a VIP ticket or joining the Special Theme Selection (buy the ticket now!) 

If you pull out your best costume, keep your eye out on the Costume Contest scouters! They will scour the parade and hand contact cards to the people with the best costumes. View the pictures of last year’s winners here

For complete information on how to participate and march in the parade, check out the Village Halloween Parade’s website

WHERE CAN I WATCH THE PARADE? 

The parade passes straight along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street and can be viewed from almost anywhere along the route. 

However, some areas are busier than others, particularly the streets between Bleecker Street and 14th Street.  

The parade begins at 7pm and ends sometime around 11pm. For complete information about viewing the parade, click here

HOW CAN I GET TO THE PARADE? 

Don’t bring your car to the Parade! If you are coming in a group, meet somewhere away from the line-up and walk to the line-up together. Here are some transportation options:  

Subway Options -  

  • Sixth Avenue (B,D,F,Q) to 23rd, 14th or West 4th Street Stations. 
  • Seventh Avenue (1,2,3,9) to 23rd, 18th, 14th, Sheridan Square or Houston Street. 
  • Eighth Avenue (A,C,E) to West 4th Street, Spring (this station is closest to the Line Up area) or Canal Street Stations. 

Bus Options - 

  • Buses along Sixth Avenue will be re-routed  from just after 6pm until the parade is over, other routes are suggested. 
  • Affected routes include, but may not be limited to - M1, M2, M3, M7, M8, M14A/D, M20, M21, M55, SIM1c, SIM3c, SIM4c, SIM7, SIM9, and SIM33. 
  • 24 Hour NYC Travel Information line on 718-330-1234. 

PATH Train Options - 

  • Take the 33rd Street Train to one of the Sixth Avenue Stations at 9th, 14th or 23rd Streets. 

To see if your specific subway, bus, or rail line is in good service that night, check the service statuses here on the MTA’s website. 

WHICH STREETS WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE PARADE? 

The official list of street closures from NYPD is detailed below. These will be subject to change as there will likely be additional closures for security purposes.  

For more recent updates on road closure information, keep an eye out on the NYPD’s 6th Precinct Twitter feed here

Formation: 

  • 6th Avenue between Spring Street and Canal Street. 
  • Dominick Street between Varick Street and 6th Avenue. 
  • Sullivan Street between Broome Street and Spring Street. 
  • Broome Street between Sullivan Street and Varick Street. 
  • Spring Street between Sullivan Street and Varick Street. 

Dispersal: 

  • 16th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue. 
  • 17th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue. 
  • 18th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue. 

Miscellaneous:

  • 10th Street between 6th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue. 
  • Van Dam Street between Varick Street and 6th Avenue. 

BIG CROWDS SCARE ME BUT I DON’T WANT TO MISS IT 

If you can’t make it to the parade, don’t worry! The Village Halloween Parade will be LIVE telecasted on NY1 from 8pm to 10pm. There will also be select coverage on other local networks.  

WHERE CAN I EAT, DRINK & PARTY AFTER THE PARADE? 

The Halloween Parade takes place in the Greenwich Village, one of New York City’s most vibrant neighborhoods where there are literally hundreds of bars, clubs, and restaurants in which to continue your party in pretty much any style you like! 

Click here for our directory of bars, clubs, restaurants, and more. Also follow us on Twitter @GrnVillageNYC where we’ll be featuring some of the best things happening around the Village. 

IS THERE AN OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY? 

YES! The official Halloween parade afterparty. Webster Hell, will be hosted at the iconic nightclub and concert venue, Webster Hall, located on 125 East 11th Street. Tickets are $40 and doors open at 8pm, 19+. Check for tickets and table reservations on their Facebook page

IS THERE A DEDICATED CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARADE? 

YES! The 29th Annual Children’s Halloween Parade is one of the city’s largest free children’s events on Halloween Day! The parade will take place at the Washington Square Park Arch from 3pm to 6pm. Check out the photos from previous parades here, and use the hashtag, #CB2NYUkidsparade, to get in the Halloween spirit. 

After the parade, free trick-or-treat bags, games, and rides will be available for all children and families at LaGuardia Place between Washington Square South and West 3rd Street.  

The parade is organized by NYU’s Office of Community Engagement and Manhattan Community Board 2, and the Village Alliance is a proud sponsor.  

For full and complete information about the 45th Halloween Parade, visit the organizers' website here,

The 2019 Village Halloween Parade Guide

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