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Celebrate Halloween with the 41st Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

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The spookiest night of the year takes a fun new angle in one of NYC’s greatest traditions, the Village Halloween Parade!

Taking on the classic idea of parades in NYC, but with a twist, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is a wild, fun and crazy night of organized chaos which is fully open to all! Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 31, join the hundreds of others who will dress up in costume and gallivant through the streets of one of NYC’s most extravagant neighborhoods.

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Here’s the lowdown:

  • Anyone can participate but on one condition: you MUST be wearing a costume. No plain-clothed lame-o’s welcome!
    • If you’re marching in the parade, arrive on 6th and Canal between 7 and 9 p.m.
    • You’ll be marching up 6th, but really all you have to do is follow the crowd
    • No alcohol on the streets! There are plenty of bars in the area to get your fill, this is supposed to be a family friendly event, not a reason to get smashed.
  • There will be giant puppets, artists, dancers and over 50 bands from around the world playing some killer jams throughout the night.
  • This year’s theme is ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’
  • If you don’t want to go, but would rather watch from home, you can find it on NY1
  • Want to volunteer to animate a giant puppet? I don’t know what that means either, but you can do that, too! http://www.halloween-nyc.com/volunteer.php

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The Village Halloween Parade has been NYC’s premiere Halloween Parade for over 40 years now, and all inclusive to anyone who wants to be a part of the fun. It is unquestionably on of the most vibrant celebrations of the year and if you happen to be in town, stop by to see what all the hype is about.

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Where is the NYC Halloween Parade?

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The biggest Halloween celebration in the world makes its grand return to NYC! After being cancelled last year due to Hurricane Sandy, The Village Halloween Parade continues its tradition since 1973. The parade, which is the only night time parade in NYC, will take place on Thursday October 31, 2013 at 7 p.m. in Greenwich Village.  If you’re looking to come out and participate the procession will begin on Sixth Avenue at Spring Street and will go along Sixth Avenue to Sixteenth Street. The event includes costumed marchers, puppeteer’s bands and many more with 50,000 people in attendance.

Anyone can participate in the parade as long as they arrive at the beginning of the parade between the times of 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you’re looking to find good spots, parade watchers should arrive two hours before the parade begins.

photo credit: Wikimedia commons

 

Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in NYC

hot chocolateThe cold weather may have taken a while to get here this winter season, but it finally found its way.  2013 has been a cold year thus far and it looks like that trend is going to hold true for some time to come.  This is fine though, because in New York City, we have hot chocolate, and nothing goes better with the cold of NYC than a blistering cup of chocolatey goodness.  While we are inevitably leaving some people off of this list, here are some of our favorite cups of hot coco in NYC:

Jacques Torres

“Mr. Chocolate” has brought the treat to w whole new level.  Some of the richest hot chocolate in town, you can try some at his new home in the 30 Rock Concourse, or stop into one of his other locations in Greenwich Village or on the UWS.

City Bakery

New York Magazine once said, “…what Khatz’s is to pastrami… City Bakery is to hot chocolate.”  That is just about a high praise as you can get in a food review.  Stop by their 18th street location in February, when they will have a new flavor every day of the week.

Omonia Cafe

This cafe found on Broadway in Astoria, Queens is one of the best you will find outside of Manhattan.  The hot chocolate is superb and definitely worth a taste.

Tea Lounge

Head out to Park Slope for a hot white chocolate to die for.  That is all you need to know.

Cocoa Bar

Another Park Slope joint, Cocoa Bar’s traditional hot chocolate might just be the best in all of New York.  When it’s cold outside, Cocoa Bar is the place to go.  Don’t forget to try their Manhattan location as well.

Photo Credit: Flickr / Martin Cathrae