New York Halloween parade is multicultural this year!

width=150By Lucy Komisar
Nov 2, 2018 –

This year’s Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village was a glorious event, partly for the good-spirited humor, sometimes political, often artistic or hokey, and also for the unusually warm weather that allowed marchers and spectators to soak in the artistry without shivering in cold.

The theme was supposed to be robots,width=200 but I didn‘t see too many. Here was one.

But I preferred the clever stuff. Here are Mexican painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera!

width=250Or serious comments like this commemorating 55 journalists killed in Mexico in the last six years.

Of course, there is always Trump, one being proffered cash. I didn‘t see any Hillary look-alikes. Is that so last year?width=200

The Halloween parade was started in 1973 by the Bread and Puppet Theater and grew to draw thousands of marchers and watchers.

width=250The iconic puppets on high poles were here again this year. Faces. Giant skeletons. Some marching in a band. width=250

A reason for high-level stuff is that the viewers are 3 and 4 deep and the parade is hard to see unless you are up front.

width=250The Stilt Walkers helped. But a big part of the enjoyment is marching in it, as these people do, with inventive costumes and enough energy for the trek from lower Manhattan. The parade starts at 7pm and finishes at 9pm.

width=250A dragon, where multiculturalism adds a Chinese icon to Halloween!

Here are Mexicans on The Day of the Dead. And a collection of women in gold, I think they were historic Egyptians. width=200width=250 Lots of multiculturalism at Halloween this year!

Photos by Lucy Komisar.

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