"Come look at the freaks!"
- Sideshow, music by Henry Krieger and lyrics by Bill Russell
Halloween is the one night out of the year where everyone in the world goes out in drag begging for tricks or treats to reward the outrageousness of their outfits (Well, maybe we do some of that during the year - or at least we should). It's the gayest holiday of 'em all and New York City has the longest running tradition of showing off its fabulousness.
The Village Halloween Parade up Sixth Avenue was started by a puppeteer 24 years ago to show off his wares and have fun with his family, and it's grown into the self-proclaimed "Nation's most creative, wildest and largest public participatory event." You can show up in your own amazing costume, or volunteer to carry one of the hundreds of hand-crafted over-sized moving papier-mâché puppets. Thousands participate and over 1.5 million come to gawk at and cheer on the wild nightlife production.
And after karate-chopping your way through the Village in your Xena leather bodice, you can parade on over to Shescape's "Dark Side of the Moon" Halloween bash at Flowers. You're guaranteed to be in the company of bonafide witches who know how to handle a broomstick, Sapphic vampires ready to suck your neck, and a whole lot more. Come cast a spell and howl at the moon - the night is ours!
Marching line-up: 6pm-7pm, on Sixth Avenue between Spring and Broome
Parade: 7pm-9pm, Sixth Ave from Spring to 23rd
Village Voice Hotline: 212.475.3333, ext. 7787
Telecast: NY1, 7pm-9pm
Dark Side of the Moon
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