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NYC’s Halloween Parade returns after COVID nixed festival last year

New York City’s Halloween Parade was resurrected on Sunday night.

Tens of thousands of revelers returned to Manhattan to take part in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade that was nixed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic — and many attendees donned coronavirus-themed costumes as they marched up Sixth Avenue.

Alex Durante, 38, of Williamsburg, dressed up as a vaccination card while his girlfriend, Vanessa, wore a “Pfizer shot” costume during the packed Halloween celebration.

“This place is mobbed!” Durante told The Post. “We pull together like we always do.”

“I think this is a really good snapshot of how everyone has pulled together and got vaccinated. Here we are looking to just get back and have an awesome time,” he added.

Bushwick resident Blanca Quinones, 60, also donned a vaccine shot costume.

“I always make my own costumes based off the latest scandals going on. The vaccine is the biggest thing going on,” said Quinones, adding that her costume was constructed out of foam and took several days to make.

The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade returned after being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade returned after being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
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People marching in the Halloween parade with skeletons on October 31, 2021.
People marching in the Halloween parade with skeletons on October 31, 2021.
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A group of costumed people participating in the parade.
A group of costumed people participating in the parade.
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“I’m glad the city is being more open about going out and having fun,” said Quinones, who has been going to the parade since 2011. “It feels normal. I missed it a lot.”

The 48th year of the parade also featured floats, dancing and music from 53 bands.

A crowd of spectators in Greenwich Village for the return of the parade.
A crowd of spectators in Greenwich Village for the return of the parade.
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Comedian Randy Rainbow served as the 2021 grand marshal after gaining popularity for his parody song “Mr. Biden (Bring My Vaccine)” on YouTube last March.

The event’s artistic and producing director Jeanne Fleming said Sunday night was “the largest parade” she’s ever seen — estimating 60,000 participants and half a million spectators. 

“This is more than I can ever imagine,” Fleming said. “This is the heart and soul of New York City. This is people reaching into their hearts and doing something for each other,” she added.

In addition to the COVID-themed costumes, revelers dressed in typical Halloween get-ups, including zombies, Grim Reapers, witches, Jokers and clowns.

A group of drummers playing in the Halloween parade.
A group of drummers playing in the Halloween parade.
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A couple dressed up as a COVID-19 vaccine and a vaccination card.
A couple dressed up as a COVID-19 vaccine and a vaccination card.
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A couple in a matching Halloween costume.
A couple in a matching Halloween costume.
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Some used their costumes as a tounge-in-cheek comment on the city’s return from pandemic-induced emptiness.

Moses Baez, a 73-year-old Upper West Side resident, walked barefoot in the parade as “Jesus the second coming.”

“It’s like a rebirth,” Baez said of New York City. “From here this rebirth should continue.”

A parade float with a group of costumed celebrants.
A parade float with a group of costumed celebrants.
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A COVID-19 themed costume at the parade.
A COVID-19 pandemic themed costume at the parade.
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A Salvador Dali costume at the parade.
A Salvador Dali costume at the parade.
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Some attendees traveled from as far as the midwest to witness the celebration.

First-timer Elisa Adams, 26, a Chicago resident, dressed as Harley Quinn while her boyfriend Greg dressed as Pennywise.

“It’s amazing. It’s great to see everyone having fun and seeing smiles on everyone’s faces again,” Adams said.


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