Halloween Parade Goes On In New York Despite Lack of Sponsors
This year's edition of the Halloween Parade will take over the streets of New York, despite losing several corporate sponsors. The parade features up to 60,000 participants in outlandish and nearly 2 million spectators in New York's West Village.
Several corporate sponsors who usually provide large floats for the parade have pulled out due to the current financial crisis.
“As soon as the stock market crashed, people started calling, one after another, from the big sponsors to smaller sponsors that were giving $500,” said Jeanne Fleming, the parade’s longtime artistic director. “It’s been very tough.”
The 35th annual parade has a budget that is half of last year’s and it’s operating with a $4,000 deficit, she said. The lack of money has brought a greater do-it-yourself feel to the parade.
"The Halloween parade is a folk event. We can't just say we won't do it this year," she said. "It's what the people need right now ... to allow (their) enormous creativity to come out."
Fleming predicted there would be many election-themed costumes, including a herd of moose with a field-dressed Sarah Palin. "I sort of expect her to be hanging from a stick or something like that," she said.
Another way organizers will fill the gap is with a recreation of the famous parade scene in the 1986 John Hughes comedy "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". There is even a rumor that Ferris Bueller himself, Matthew Broderick, may take part in the festivities.