Today’s the day of the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade, which will fill the streets of Manhattan with costumed characters. This year, the theme is “Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie” (there’s a lengthy explanation of what that means on the parade’s website), and its organizers have named for an up-and-coming artist named Anjelica to serve as the grand marshal.
The organizers expect as many as 60,000 marchers in the parade, and more than a million people typically gather to watch the festivities—which means the area around Sixth Avenue becomes a raging party or a congested nightmare, depending on your feelings about Halloween.
So whether you’re already putting the finishing touches on your Wonder Woman costume or would rather stay as far away from the dressed-up hordes as possible, here’s what you need to know.
When is the Village Halloween Parade?
It happens on Halloween itself—Tuesday, October 31 at 7 p.m.
Where is the Village Halloween Parade?
The route travels along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street.
How do I get to the Village Halloween Parade?
The subway is your best bet; some of the busiest MTA stations (including West 4th Street and 14th Street) are part of the parade route. The MTA will announce any changes to lines or stations along the parade route closer to the date.
How do I join the Village Halloween Parade?
Marchers line up on Sixth Avenue and Canal Streets at 6:30 p.m. The qualifications for participation are simple: all you really need to do is wear a costume and make your way to the starting point between 6:30 and 9 p.m.
And take note: There is a zero tolerance policy regarding alcohol so showing up drunk is a big no-no.
What streets will be closed during the parade?
According to the New York Police Department, the following streets will be closed on Tuesday, October 31 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (h/t Metro):
6th Avenue between Spring Street and Canal Street
Dominick Street between Varick Street and 6th Avenue
Sullivan Street between 6th Avenue and Spring Street
Broome Street between Sullivan Street and Varick Street
Spring Street between Varick Street and 6th Avenue
6th Avenue between Spring Street and West 16th Street (Parade Route)
West 16th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue
West 17th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue
West 18th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue
West 10th Street between 6th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue
Vandam Street between Varick Street and 6th Avenue
How do I avoid it?
Don’t go to Greenwich Village that evening—it’s as simple as that. (The parade will be broadcast live on NY1 if you want to watch it without being crushed by costumed revelers.)