From girls in short skirts to men in short skirts– New York City’s Village Halloween Parade has it all! A photographer’s dream, the parade is essentially a massive street party that stretches from Chelsea to the West Village in Manhattan.
Every year the parade attracts thousands of revelers dressed in outrageous Halloween costumes– and 2011 was no exception. During a walk from the East Village to the edge of the parade at 6th Avenue and 8th Street, I ran into scary clowns, skeletons, an old man paddling a life-size boat and countless zombies.
Scroll down for my favorite costumes from the 2011 Village Halloween Parade.
Creative costumes at the Village Halloween Parade
Insane friend posse…
Edge of the Village Halloween Parade at 8th Street and 6th Avenue.
Oscar the Grouch
The Village Halloween Parade attracts massive crowds. Fortunately, the fringes of the parade are often the most fun places to be!
I bumped into this naked mannequin by chance in Astor Place. Looks great next to my zombie makeup, no?
Low maintenance costume
Spectators squeezed into every nook and cranny in front of hot dog joint Gray’s Papaya.
French revolution meets zombies?
What happens when a skeleton, a robot and a plushie walk into a bar…?
Pan Am stewardess
Scary clown with an adorable baby
Neptune, god of the sea
Batman’s nemesis the Joker with friends
A proud NASA astronaut readies for launch
These guys described their costume as “black man”– a twist on the omnipresent Green Man?
Pepe LePew soliciting kisses with a clever sign
Random ship captain blasting Italian-language music from his skiff, with baby dolls tied to the masthead. Still figuring this out…
The pope makes an appearance
Costume-spotting in the East Village
Alice in Wonderland
A homemade jellyfish– complete with flashing lights
The wearer described this costume as “Roy Orbison.” Yeah, I don’t get it either!