The Village Halloween Parade will not be held this Halloween due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Artistic and Producing Director, Jeanne Fleming, said that the 47th annual parade will not be taking place this year. Organizers of the parade are concerned about the potential increase in coronavirus cases.
Fleming has stated that it is not possible to bring people together safely in light of the pandemic.
“Fleming was particularly sad this year’s parade was canceled,” reported NBC 4, New York. The schedule for October 31, which falls on a Saturday this year, would have coincided with a full moon. Excellent conditions for a Halloween celebration.
“It not only is a Saturday night — it’s a full moon, a blue moon,” Fleming said to the New York Post.
The theme for this year’s parade would have been “Big Love“, with The Pose actor Billy Porter set to be the Grand Marshal, according to Deadline.
New York’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is considered the largest participatory event in the United States. Over 80,000 costumed participants march up Sixth Avenue every Halloween.