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Visit our main All Hallow’s Eve Page to learn about many of the events coming up.
Plus, have a look at a video we’d taken during our visit to the 2005 Village Halloween Parade. We’d stood for hours on line claiming our space and it was worth it!
75th Columbus Day Parade
October 14, 2019
Featuring tens of thousands of participants, many many floats + marching bands this cultural item’s been a tradition in our city for decades. So head on out for this wonderful celebration of Italian-
The parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street with red carpet performances on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.
Further down on this page you’ll find a press release concerning this years grand marshal.
Have a look at these related videos from past years:
Columbus Day Parade Underway Through New York City
Published by CBS New York
COLUMBUS DAY PARADE NYC 2016
Published by Manolo Gamboa
Press Release as furnished at this page…
MASSIMO FERRAGAMO NAMED GRAND MARSHAL
OF 2019 NEW YORK CITY COLUMBUS DAY PARADE
Chairman of Ferragamo USA to Lead the 75th Annual Columbus Day Parade Up Fifth Avenue on October 14, 2019
NEW YORK – June 20, 2019 – The Columbus Citizens Foundation announced today that Massimo Ferragamo, the Chairman of Ferragamo USA, has been named Grand Marshal of the 75th annual Columbus Day Parade. Mr. Ferragamo is a proud Italian, who divides his time between Italy and the USA, and is deeply involved in the Ferragamo business started by his father in California in the 1920’s.
The annual Columbus Day parade, the largest celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture in the United States, will take place on Monday, October 14, 2019, beginning at 11:30 a.m. As Grand Marshal, Mr. Ferragamo will lead dozens of marching bands and floats and over 100 marching groups up the Fifth Avenue parade route, from 44th Street to 72nd Street.
In naming Mr. Ferragamo Grand Marshal, Columbus Citizens Foundation President Marian Pardo praised his success as a prominent Italian business leader and referenced his contributions to philanthropy and community service.
“Massimo’s role as the vanguard of a classic Italian brand makes him the perfect choice to serve as Grand Marshal for our 75th Anniversary of the Columbus Day Parade,” Ms. Pardo said. “And his individual accomplishments in wine-making and the creation of one of the most luxurious getaways in Italy; Castiglion del Bosco, are exceptional. His status as an Italian with roots in both Italy and the USA are perfectly themed to have him lead our Parade as we celebrate our Diamond Anniversary.”
“I am honored and pleased to join the ranks of distinguished Italians and Italian-Americans who have served in this incredibly special role before me,” Mr. Ferragamo said, “The special relationship between Italy and the United States has been at the core of the Ferragamo business since its inception, and I’m so very proud to accept this honor also in memory of my parents Salvatore and Wanda who loved the USA as if it were their second home country. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate all the creativity and blessings that come with our two great countries working together. My family and I are so excited to march up Fifth Avenue on Columbus Day.”
In addition to the ongoing development of one of the world’s most iconic luxury fashion labels, Mr. Ferragamo purchased the property Castiglion del Bosco in 2003. “CdB” is one of the 25 wineries who founded the Brunello di Montalcino denomination, and has been producing wine from the early 1900’s. Mr. Ferragamo, together with his wife Chiara, developed Castiglion del Bosco into a 5 star plus luxury resort currently managed by the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Group.
The tradition of a Columbus Day Parade began when Generoso Pope led a group of Italian Americans from East Harlem to Columbus Circle in 1929. The parade was formalized as an official celebration of Columbus and Italian heritage in 1994, and this year’s event marks its 75th Anniversary.
Past Grand Marshals of New York’s Columbus Day Parade have included: Sophia Loren; Frank Sinatra; Luciano Pavarotti; Lidia Bastianich; Joe DiMaggio; Mario Andretti; Roberto Cavalli and Maria Bartiromo.
Bronx Night Market Returns in 2019
Select Saturdays from late May to late October, 2019
Fordham Plaza in the Bronx
2413 Third Ave, Bronx, NY
Free to Attend
Be sure to visit the official site, as well, for more information as well as to keep in tune with any cancellations and such.
Every Saturday through October
The Bronx Market is back again this year and they’re promising a whole new level of experiences featuring more dates, more food and more performances that, according to them, “will challenge your idea of a food festival.”
On hand will be over 40 vendors serving up food and beverages from such international faire as Latin American, Italy, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.
Food vendors will be offering items under $7 and on the opening night there’ll be performances by “”R&B/ Soul singer Caszoul, DJ-turned-hip hop artist Calvin Price, and Bangladeshi-born Mati whose music blends Bengali and English.””
Theater For The New City Holds Its
43rd ANNUAL VILLAGE HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Underground stars perform each year in TNC’s Halloween Cabarets.
Guests will see and be seen and celebrate the Night of Nights.
Celebrants will sink fangs into Halloween delicacies in The Witches’ Cauldron
October 31, 2019 at Theater for the New City (TNC) ,
155 First Avenue (at E. 10th St.)
and the block of E. 10th St. between 1st and 2nd Avenues
(presented by Theater for the New City)
Outdoor entertainment 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm; doors open 7:30 pm
Outdoors: free; no dress requirement.
Indoors: $20; costume or formal wear required.
Info/tickets: (212) 254-1109, www.theaterforthenewcity.net
NEW YORK — Nonstop theater, a costume competition and ballroom dancing will bewitch the East Village October 31 in the Village Halloween Costume Ball, which is presented annually by Theater for the New City (TNC), 155 First Avenue. This unique festival continues as a grand coming-together for real witches, everyday New Yorkers and artists alike. An explosive fall tradition, it is always held on the actual night of Halloween and celebrates artistic creation and fertilization.
The one-night fiesta takes over all four of TNC’s theater spaces, plus its lobby and the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues. Customarily over 1,500 wildly-clad celebrants gather for big-band dancing, dining, showing off costumes and viewing acts from the cutting-edge of Cabaret and Theater. Admission is $20; costume or formal wear is required. Once inside, everything is free except food and drink, which are graveyard dirt-cheap. Doors open at 7:30 PM and indoor entertainment begins at 8:00 PM. There will be two continuously-running cabarets offering theater all evening.
Outdoor entertainment, free to the public, will start at 4:00 PM, including R&B and Dixieland bands, fire eaters, jugglers, storyweavers and stilt dancers, all free to the public and a gift from TNC to its neighborhood. Attractions will include the three piece band, “Fiddler and the Crossroads” with Greg Holt (a Blues Hall of Fame fiddler), Charlie Giordano (accordion player for Bruce Springsteen) and Roger Stoltz (suitcase drums). They will perform Cajun original music and Cajun-American versions of works by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and others. Also featured will be Star 69 (an R&B band led by Rob Varcony), Matt Angel, Joe Bendik, George Bellici, Urgent Music Unit and Michael David Gordon Band (classic pop rock songs). Emcee is Mary Tierney. Outdoor performances culminate in “The Red and Black Masque,” an annual Medieval ritual show written by Arthur Sainer, scored by David Tice and directed by Crystal Field which is performed each year by torchlight at 7:00 PM.
Indoors, a list of cutting-edge performers of many disciplines will provide entertainment. Penny Arcade and COBU (an all-women Taiko dance and drum group) head the list of over 70 acts that will appear.
The first floor Cabaret will offer performances by Melanie Maria Goodreaux, Carol Tandava (belly dance), Von Duvis Dance Collective, Richard West, juggler John Grimaldi, Ben Harburg and Friends, Bina Sharif, Lissa Moira Scream Contest, Peter DiZozza, The Wycherly Sisters, Wise Guise and Alessandra Belloni. TNC’s Street Theater Company will perform an excerpt from “No Brainer or Solution to Parasites,” in which The Keepers of the Pot sing while a real estate magnate from a TV reality show builds a wall and gets stuck in it. Performers will include Mark Marcante, Cheryl Gadsden, Terry Lee King, Crystal Field and T. Scott Lilly.
The Womb Room on the lower leverl will host performances by Kitch, Eve Packer, Lei Zhou, Dr. Sue, Lorcan Otway, Loretta Auditorium, Joe Bendick, Stan Baker, Jennifer Blowdryer, Ellen Steier, The Amazing Amy, Jiggers Is King, Dawoud Kringle (sitar) and Ian Gordon. Emcee is Barbara Kahn.
Other performers will include Katherine Adamenko, Amazing Amy (contortionist), Georgio Handman, Elizabeth Ruf, Margo Lee Sherman, Richard Weber, Natasha Velez and Michael Vazquez.
The large Johnson Theater becomes a ballroom with Big Band dance orchestras beginning at 9:00 PM. Music will be supplied by Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Swing Band and Latin band Maquina Mono. There will also be aerial dance by Constellation Moving Company.
The House of Horrors, designed and run by “Zen,” is in the theater’s lower level. Revelers will be put through a maze and duly horrified.
Laraine Goodman and The Mad Tappers will tap dance their way through the lobby.
At the Champagne Bar, libations will be served by vampires who will awaken periodically for the task.
Scattered through the event will be stilt dancers, jugglers, fire-eaters, Vaudeville playlets, Burlesque and Hellsouls. Portions of the lobby will be set aside for Astrology/Numerology readings. Phyllis Yampolsky will throw the I-Ching. Fortune Telling is by Penny Diara. Videos are by Terry Ferrari. Rocco (a Frank Sinatra impersonator) will croon “Songs Sinatra sang.”
With its Witches’ Cauldron, the event can justifiably claim to have downtown’s most sensational Halloween cafe with a variety of American and international delicacies available at peoples’ prices. Holiday dishes are contributed by neighboring East Village restaurants, some with celebrity chefs. You can gobble couscous from a coffin lid beginning at 7:30 pm while enjoying spine-tingling performances by performance artists, songwriters, poets and variety artists including Arthur Abrams, Norman Savitt, Richard West and Susan Mitchell, The Head Peddlers and Sarah Lilly. The space is designed by Susan Hemley and Desiree Conston with lighting design by Alexander Bartenieff. Emcee is Elizabeth Ruf.
The entire facility will be elaborately rendered for Halloween, featuring intricate and massive environments by leading theatrical scenarists, sculptors, and artists including Lytza Colon, Walter Gurbo and Kanako Nagayama. Costume design is by Susan Hemley. Audiences will pass through walls decorated by 17 muralists. Lighting design is by Alexander Bartenieff, Matt Angel and Bruce Kraemer.
Since its beginning in 1977, TNC’s Halloween extravaganza has been a point of origin for many of the City’s most original entertainers. Six full-length plays have grown out of playlets written for the fest and it is probable that the theatrical movement in Performance Art began there. It has been a launching pad for such formative artists as Paul Zaloom, Alice Farley, Bloolips, The Red Mole, Penny Arcade, Basil Twist and Alien Comic Tom Murrin. Each year, many acts, skits, sketches, and skadoodles go on to become the basis of larger theater works. It is also interesting to note that TNC originated the Village Halloween Parade as part of its annual Halloween Ball. The procession wound its way through the Village from TNC’s second home at the corner of Jane and West Streets to Washington Square Park. Now the Village Halloween Costume Ball takes up every available inch (both floors) of TNC’s multi-theater complex at 155 First Avenue (the former First Avenue Retail Market building) and adjoining outdoor spaces.
The annual costume judging begins at midnight with the “Monsters and Miracles Costume Parade,” as all revelers are invited to march past a panel of celebrity judges including Tom Attea, Andrea Fulton, Chino Garcia, John Gilman, Robert Heide, John Jiler, Phoebe Legere, Eduardo Machado, Miguel Maldonado, Rome Neal, Lorcan Otway, Bina Sharif, Sabura Rashid, Ramiro Sandoval, Misha Shulman and David Willinger. Winners will receive one-year passes to TNC and a bottle of Moet and Chandon champagne. Attendees will be judged in such categories as “Most Trumped-Up,” “Most Vaped,” “Most Over the Rainbow,” “Most Whistle-Blown,” “Most Anti-Oxidant,” “Most Opioid,” “Most Organic,” “Most Climate Changed,” Most Impeached,” “Most Corrupt,” “Most Toxic,” “Most Faked News,” “Most Genital-Snatched” “Most Zan-Tacked.”
Theater for the New City is located at 155 First Avenue, at the corner of East Tenth Street. Reservations are strongly recommended. The TNC box office number is (212) 254-1109. Buy online at www.theaterforthenewcity.net.