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Monday, November 02, 2009

Halloween Parade 2009


Preparations for the annual Village Halloween Parade start at 2 PM, five hours in advance of the parade itself. For more information about the parade and previous years' photos, see the links below. This year, with the parade on a Saturday, I decided to head to the setup area early in the day. This is actually a good time for perusing and photographing the many participants who arrive early - there are no crowds and still some daylight.

It was a very fortuitous decision, because as the parade began, slowly did the rain, starting as a light drizzle and building to a rain heavy enough to put a damper on the event. What began as crowds crushing to see the parade became a mass exodus as paraders and spectators began fleeing. I have no idea how many marchers remained, but I imagine a good number were not daunted after all the work and preparations that many put into this yearly extravaganza.

I did some photography for a short time in the rain, holding a umbrella at the same time, but this quickly became too tedious and with risk of damaging my camera equipment.
Participating in the parade, either as a photographer or a parader, requires planning and strategy. In all the years I have been to the parade, I do not remember rain. But nature is not guaranteed to cooperate...

NOTE: A history of the parade, with links and photos from the past three years can be found on my previous postings: Halloween Parade Preview 2006, Halloween Parade 2006, Village Parade 2007 Preview, Village Halloween Parade 2007, Village Halloween Parade 2007 Part 2, Halloween Parade 2008, Halloween Parade 2008 Part 2

7 comments:

Bergson said...

i 'm afraid

Fashionable Earth said...

We also took a bunch of photos - see if you can stop yourself :) !!
http://fashionableearth.org/blog/2009/11/02/a-very-nyc-halloween/

Gunn White said...

Wow, ...... What a DAY!
Superb shots!:-)

Real estate Toronto said...

Great pictures. I like especially the woman with white eyes, looks scary. It's a pity that such a great event was interfered with bad weather. I hope next year it will be better. I'm looking forward to see the photos.

Regards,
Julie

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PatMinNYC said...

A lot more people stayed and finished the parade than I expected both during and after the downpour - you got some good shots

http://photos.halloween-nyc.com/Street-Scenes/PatMinNYC/10094438_an4Vq#711910598_fjWRR

PatMinNYC

Eric Mesa said...

Slowly working my way through my RSS feed of your great blog. (I fell behind months ago) I was also here this year (my first time ever!) and you can see my photos here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericsbinaryworld/sets/72157622730154398/