Park Slope residents celebrate Halloween with annual parade
by Andrew Pavia
Nov 05, 2013 | 1260 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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One of the largest children’s Halloween parades in the city took place in Park Slope, kicking off at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue.

The parade was founded in 1987 as the All Hollow’s Eve Promenade, and has keep this ghoulish night a family event ever since.

“This evolved into a fantastic neighborhood event,” said Kim Mayer, executive director of the Old Stone House, one of the sponsors of the parade. “It brings neighborhood residents of all ages together.”

The theme for this year's parade was “Too Boo or Not to Boo,” and while some kept to the literary theme, others were more liberal with their costumes, dressing as everything from superheroes to dinosaurs.

“It’s not too strict,” Mayer said with a laugh.

This year was special for Mayer because last year the event was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. Also, during this parade, attendees were able to witness

The parade is used as a fundraiser for the Park Slope Civic Council and featured roughly 2,000 people, as well as performances by bagpipers from Greenpoint and giant puppets from the Puppeteers Cooperative.

“It’s a very big event,” said Mayer. “Many march and others watch. It’s also a chance to dance a little bit and talk with neighbors.”

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