Thursday night was the 40th annual NYC Halloween Parade that moves from Spring Street to 16th Street along 6th Avenue. Nathan, my brother, my dad, and I all went for the first time to watch. Crowded out around 14th Street, we moved down to 11th and pressed in with what seemed like most of Manhattan. I jostled into a place near the barricades to take photos, crammed together with strangers. A light rain fell as heads bobbed and craned in anticipation and people continued to press in behind. I shifted from foot to foot for what seemed like an hour. At last, thumping music heralded the procession of floats, puppets, and promenaders that moved past in a dizzying display. Characters skirted the barricades, scaring spectators. Like the Easter Hat Day Parade, it's a participatory event and anyone may process as long as they are in costume. Maybe next year, I'll go in as Little Edie!
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