27th Annual Halloween Parade to Feature Dancing Ghouls, Marching Bands
Roller Derby, Wild Costumes, Crazy Floats, Fire Trucks, Motorcycles and Classic Cars, Live Entertainment
Over $2,000 in Cash Prizes
The Nyack Chamber of Commerce will host its 27th annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm (rain date Sunday, October 26) in the heart of Nyack. Festivities begin at 3:00 pm, just after the Saturday Farmers’ Market closes, with live music in the municipal parking lot on Main Street.
The event, organized by the Chamber and sponsored by leading local merchants, is the largest parade of its kind outside New York City. Building on a history of record-breaking crowds, over 25,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Main and Broadway in Nyack for this fun-filled, family-friendly event.
Marchers and floats will assemble at 4:00pm in Memorial Park at the corner of Depew and Piermont Streets in downtown Nyack. All are welcome to march and to register for prizes. Registration is required to be eligible for prizes.
The winner of this year’s Best Float competition will take home a $750 cash prize. Floats winning second and third place will receive $500 and $250 respectively. Prizes for costumes will be awarded in seven categories with awards ranging from $25 to $200.
New this year, Nyack’s first-ever Zombie Apocalypse crawl, led by author Linda Zimmerman, will kick off the parade festivities. All zombies should meet in Memorial Park at 4:30 and bring canned nonperishable food goods as a donation to People to People. The crawl will begin at 5:00 pm before the full parade steps off at 5:30pm. Go to www.hvzombie.com for more details.
Also adding to the day-long festivities, the Village of Nyack will host its first Halloween costume run — the “Witch Way 5K” — starting at 9:00am in Memorial Park. A kids’ run/costume parade — the “Boo Run 1K” — will begin at 9:45am. Runners can register online at www.RaceAwesome.com.
For the main event, parade-goers will experience a reprise of Therese Shorn’s “Festival of Ghouls” — 15-foot tall puppets worked by Nyack’s own Amazing Grace CIRCUS! performers — plus unicyclists, jugglers and other Circus! talent. Three of Rockland County’s top bands will set the beat, including the Nyack High School, Clarkstown South High School and the Clarkstown North High School marching bands.
Additional parade highlights include the Suburbia Roller Derby of Westchester, Hudson Valley Harley Riders, Hudson Vagabond Puppets and local fire departments showing off their best equipment. Face painting for the kids will be offered by Jamie’s Faces.
Live music returns this year to the municipal parking lot on Main Street and Artopee Way from 3:00 to 5:00pm provided by Anjel Blue Rehearsal Studios. Featured performers include Cult of Aphrodite and The Year Off. The evening continues post-parade with a gala awards ceremony and music with Frankie D and The Boys.
Oak Beverages, Guinness and Billy Beez are providing generous support for the parade as sponsors. Nyack’s own Casa del Sol restaurant and Sweetpea’s Market are sponsoring the float and costume prizes. Casa del Sol also hosts a lively parade after-party later in the evening.
U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey and the Hon. Harriet Cornell will serve as Parade Grand Marshalls. The panel of judges presiding over the float and costume contests will include Nyack’s Mayor Jen Laird-White and Village Trustees, South Nyack’s Mayor Bonnie Christian, former County Legislator Connie Coker and New York State Senator David Carlucci.
Nyack’s Main Street and South Broadway will be closed from approximately 2:30pm to 8:00pm for the parade activities. The much-anticipated prize awards ceremony will begin immediately after the parade. Live music and dancing will continue in the Main Street parking lot after the awards.
Also immediately following the parade, Halloween revelers can go to the Nyack Center’s eighth annual “Monster Mash” party featuring live music, dancing, dinner buffet – and lots of spooky family fun. The party goes from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. The Center is located at Depew and South Broadway in Nyack. More information is available at www.nyackcenter.org.
All photos (c) 2013 by Doro Erichsen