New York’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, considered the largest participatory event in the country with 50,000 costumed revelers typically marching up Sixth Avenue, has been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19, parade organizers said today.
The locally televised parade was to have featured Pose actor Billy Porter as grand marshal, with a theme of “Big Love.”
An official announcement, including details about a substitute special event, will arrive next week, but no one should expect a virtual stream of costumed walkers. Parade Director Jeanne Fleming told the New York Post that the non-profit parade organization “just couldn’t do it online — it’s way too expensive.”
The 2020 NYC Village Halloween Parade has been called off due to coronavirus concerns, according to the New York Post. https://t.co/VxaAaNF5We
— West Village Patch (@WstVillagePatch) September 9, 2020
Each year, more than 50,000 people parade up 6th Avenue, decked out in creative costumes, while live bands play spooky music. The beloved tradition won’t happen this year because of coronavirus concerns.https://t.co/apoFnotsq2
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) September 9, 2020