This “How To” ensures that a staple of Greenwich Village history continues to be made. After reading a classmate’s blog post pertaining to the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, I decided to look it up, as I knew nothing about it. As it turns out, this annual parade is actually the largest grass-roots event in the country, and even more importantly, is in the midst of a dire financial crisis. The parade’s producer and director, Jeanne Fleming recently told CBS news that the recession has forced many local sponsors to withdraw funding, saying, “the smaller sponsors are just not there. The people who come in for smaller amounts, that are more local, that are from the neighborhood, those businesses just don’t seem to have the funds this year.” Those involved with the parade have responded by appealing to the community for financial support.
So how can you help preserve a piece of Village history? Donate, and you can even get a t-shirt: http://www.halloween-nyc.com/
Finally, go to the parade! This will entice potential sponsors to donate, keep the sponsors who have already donated, and prove to all those involved that the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is an indispensable part of our community.