Goblins and ghouls parade through Hunts Point

The evening of Friday, October 22nd, marked the 25th anniversary of the New South Bronx Halloween Parade in Hunts Point, one of New York’s largest and longest running Halloween parades.

As in the past, this parade provided much more than just an excuse for kids and families to get decked out in their spookiest or most splendid fall fashions. The costumed march down Southern Boulevard is an annual tradition, but it’s also a parade with a purpose, and this year was no exception.

While past years have encouraged residents to get out the vote or eat healthy, this year’s parade kept it in the neighborhood, paying homage to the heroes of Hunts Point. The event honored individuals and organizations that have worked to better the South Bronx community over the past quarter century, including Father Luis R. Gigante, who originally founded the parade decades ago.

Banners and floats from a wide variety of organizations and community pillars from the 41st Precinct to St. Anathasius School and Church were on hand to participate, coming together with families and costumed merrymakers from throughout the neighborhood to celebrate not only Halloween, but the people around us who make it special.

Replete with floats, banners and costumed revelers, this year’s parade was sponsored by dozens of businesses and organizations throughout the community, including the Southern Boulevard Business Improvement District, which helped to provide a stage and grandstand for the costume contest that closed out the evening’s festivities.

The stage area also provided a venue for performances from drill teams and marching bands like Philadelphia’s Showtime, as well as a performance of the Halloween classic “Thriller” in the traditional and proper zombie fashion. Don’t take our word for it, though – take a look at our gallery of the event.

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