Wednesday, November 2, 2016

New York City: Halloween 2016 - Invasion 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.

Last Monday 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 there. Some were scary, some strange, others funny and sexy. Some had just fun with whatever they were representing.

                                                      Inspired By Dutch Masters

Some of the participants may have been invaders from an alternate universe others were inspired by the Dutch Masters.

You could spot a lot of scary masks of course.

Blurred or not, I had to post this picture, isn`t she lovely?

There were more fascinating faces of course.

Aren`t they cute?

                                                      Bite-Coins Anyone?

Sarah, my wife, represented the new world of finance and walked as a Bite-Coin.

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.

I want to praise the organizers, the police and others who took care that this event was peaceful 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.

To be continued next year. 


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