The NYC Village Halloween Parade 2022 is a parade that anyone can walk in, as long as you’re in costume. It’s a mid-Fall burst of NYC’s creative energy. The incredible, often humorous, costumes are a reflection of the creativity of The City itself.
Parade highlights include hundreds of giant puppets, more than 50 bands from around the world, dancers and the creative costumes of your fellow New Yorkers.
The parade forms down in Hudson Square/SoHo and marches up Sixth Avenue through Greenwich Village to Chelsea. Marchers then fan out back into Greenwich Village. Impromptu street parties go on late into the night. You’ll see things like 20 Spidermen doing mock battles in the middle of an intersection. It’s a joyous night.
Marching in the NYC Village Halloween Parade is something you should do at least once in your New York life.
49th NYC Village Halloween Parade 2022
The 49th NYC Village Halloween Parade 2022 celebrates “Freedom” on Sixth Avenue from Canal St to West 15th St through Hudson Square and SoHo, the West Village and Greenwich Village, to Chelsea. It’s on Halloween Monday, October 31, 2022 at 7pm, and live on NY1 at 8pm. Impromptu street parties in the Village go late. Free with VIP options to skip the line, march in a special section, or sit in the grandstand.
Options include grandstand seating, riding in special vehicles, even marching at the front of the parade where you’ll get photographed. Get tickets to skip the line and special sections from $100 at halloween-nyc.com
- FORMATION: Sixth Avenue at Canal St.
Enter from Sullivan, East Broome, or Canal St; between 6:30 and 9pm.
- Sixth Avenue at 15th St.
You can watch the parade on either side of Sixth Avenue from King St in Hudson Square/SoHo (one block below Houston St). It’s also broadcast live on NY1 at 8pm.
The 2022 Grand Marshal is the Brooklyn United Marching Band with special surprise guests. Hmm. Who might they be? You just have to go and see.
The official After Party is “Webster Hell” at Webster Hall in Greenwich Village. Bet you didn’t know that Webster Hall was long owned by the Gallegos (Spaniards from Galicia) in Queens.
Brooklyn’s own Jon Batiste won the 2022 Grammy for Album of the Year for “We Are.” We love Batiste’s “Freedom” video which was made in New Orleans.
As Caribbeans, we recognize a lot of our own culture. It makes sense because the ferry used to run twice a day between New Orleans and Havana, Cuba. And by 1810, half the population of New Orleans was from the Haitian Diaspora. This is part of who we are as African Americans.
The Saints and the drum are central to Caribbean culture and New Orleans Jazz. There’s the community focus. Marching bands are an African American form of Caribbean Carnival comparsas (Carnival marching groups). We like to dress sharp, just like Jon.
And there are the Moko Jumbies (stiltwalkers). They are healing spirits, originally from West and Central Africa. In the Americas, they are an important part of Trinidad Carnival, the mother of Caribbean Carnival (and the New York Carnival/West Indian Day Parade). But Moko Jumbies are present all over the Caribbean. They are tall so they can see around and the community can see them. They guide us to come together in joy and let go of whatever troubles us. In Puerto Rico, they often join Comparsas and Pleneros on the streets.