Sunday, November 1, 2015

New York City: Halloween 2015 - Pictures From An Alternate Universe

(Drivebycuriosity) - Halloween has an old tradition. According to Wikipedia "All Hallows' Eve" (English/irish) is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals with possible pagan roots (wikipedia). Today the event is a reason to celebrate in the public and many are wearing scary costumes and masks.

Yesterday my wife and I joined New York´s Halloween parade which went in Manhattan along 6th Avenue from Soho to Chelsea. As (almost) everything in the metropolis the procession was huge. There were thousands of participants who seemed to have a lot of fun. The event reminded me of the "Rosenmontagszug" in Köln, the huge carnival parade in Cologne, Germany. but there was a big difference - the Halloween Parade was a 0% tolerance for alcohol event. During the German carnival you can see a lot of alcoholized people instead.

Here is a collection of the pics I took yesterday. Some were scary, some strange, others funny and sexy. Some had just fun with whatever they were representing.

There were a lot of zombies and other monsters around of course. I hope this chain will hold.

                                                                 Alternate Universe?

Others might have invided from an alternate universe.

Many followed the motto "anything goes".

                                       The Beauty And The Beast

 Naturally we spotted variations of the "beauty and the beast".

I want to praise the organizers, the police and others who took care that this event was pieceful and fun. The organizers shaped the worm - the huge number of people who walked the 6th Avenue - into segments to avoid overcrowding and dangerous situations which usually accrue when big masses are gathering.

The Halloween event seemed to rule the whole town, even the subway stations were full of monsters. And after the parade there were lines before many bars & clubs because people wanted to continue the party.

To be continued next year.

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