Countdown to Nyack's Halloween Parade
Halloween is quickly creeping up. The count-down to the Nyack parade is in final days. Costume and float contestants -- including pets -- are putting finishing touches on their scariest, craziest Halloween regalia for the big event.
After a two-year pandemic halt, the famous parade is coming back to Nyack on Saturday, October 29. (Rain date Sunday, October 30.) Festivities begin at 3:00 pm and continue into the evening. Nyack’s Main Street and South Broadway will be closed for the day’s celebrations. The parade will step off promptly at 5:30 pm.
Hosted by the Nyack Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Nyack, the Nyack Halloween parade is the biggest outside New York City, second in magnitude only to the Greenwich Village event ― and just as spectacular on the “wow” meter for color, pageantry and unabashed craziness.
“For people who love the scary fun and pageantry of Halloween, Nyack is the place to be for the best parade, costumes, parties, trick-or-treating and all-out wacky celebrations,” said Roger Cohen, President, Nyack Chamber.
Building on a history of record-breaking crowds, upwards of 10,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Main and Broadway in Nyack for this fun-filled, family-friendly event, featuring marching bands, festooned fire trucks, phantasmagorical floats and a host of costumed revelers. Great prizes will be awarded to the most creative among the parade's participants.
All are welcome to march in the parade and compete for prizes. Marchers and floats will assemble at 3:00 pm for check-in and contest judging in Memorial Park at the corner of Depew and Piermont streets in downtown Nyack. Contest registration (available online at nyackchamber.org) is required for prize eligibility. Registration and judging will continue until 5:00 pm, followed by the parade step-off at 5:30 pm. (See below for parade route.)
New this year: Pet Costume Contest
In addition to donning their own best Halloween attire, Halloween enthusiasts are invited to dress their pets in their most daring -- or darling -- costumes, and enter Nyack's first-ever Pet Costume Contest. The contest will be held early on parade day from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in Memorial Park.
"We don’t want our scaly, furry, or feathered friends to get spooked by the parade crowd," said Mark Reed, Nyack Chamber Board member and parade organizer. "We also want these special contestants to get the full attention they deserve, separate from the traditional costume and float categories."
Judging for pets begins at 12:00 noon in Memorial Park; prizes will be awarded at 1:00 pm. If pets are 'game' to participate in the parade itself, pets and their people should return to Memorial Park between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm to prepare for the parade step-off at 5:30 pm.
Contest prizes: The gory details
Prize contestants – floats, costumes and pets -- are encouraged to pre-register online at nyackchamber.org to speed up the parade day process. All contestants should plan to check in at the Chamber desk in Memorial Park for confirmation and photography.
The much-anticipated prize award ceremony for costumes and floats (for humans) will begin immediately after the parade in the main municipal lot in the center of town.
Best Float winners will score cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500. The iconic Best Costume award will include cash, a gift certificate and trophy. In other costume categories, winners will get a 'piece of Nyack' -- a variety of experiences at Nyack favorites. Highlights include gift certificates, hotel stays, and even local food tours for groups.
Among the fun prizes for kids are gift cards for a free party, free books and free pizza. Pets can win high-end salon treatments (or other pet appropriate services), such as a full-service bath, brush and trim, a creative color dye, or a nail trim and file. Who doesn’t need a little pampering?
Here's the prize line-up:
- 1st Place: $500
- 2nd Place: $250
- 3rd Place: $100
Best Overall Costume:
- $100 cash, $50 Modern Druid gift card and parade trophy
Best Couple Costumes:
- One night stay at Hotel Nyack
Best Group Costumes:
- Four tickets to select Joey G’s Food Tour ($50 max value, each)
Best Kids Costumes:
- 1st Place: Pancake/waffle sundae party for 4 at Breakfast & Burger Club
- 2nd Place: $20 gift certificate from Pickwick Bookstore
- 3rd Place: Large cheese pizza from Turiello’s
Best Pet Costumes: (With modifications as appropriate)
- 1st Place: Bath, brush and trim from Paws on Main
- 2nd Place: Creative color/dye from Paws on Main
- 3rd Place: Nail trim and file from Paws on Main
Nyack thanks the following businesses for prize donations:
- Breakfast & Burger Club
- Hotel Nyack
- Joey G’s Food Tours
- Modern Druid
- Paws on Main
- Pickwick Bookstore
- Turiello's Pizzeria
Entertainment...and post-parade fear-filled fun
Parade-goers will enjoy a variety of special (‘barely alive’!) live talent, including Nyack and Nanuet high school marching bands.
Additional highlights include Vince Mocerino’s Deadsled, Texas Chain Saw truck, Suburbia Roller Derby of Westchester, Hudson Valley Harley Riders, True 20ne Unicycle Club, Skateboard Wizards and Limitskate, an array of spooky classic cars, local fire departments showing off their best very scary (and very clean) machines — and of course, the weirdest and wackiest costumes this side of the grave.
Famous Frankie D and the Boyz — perennial favorites at the Nyack celebration — will provide live music all afternoon before, during and after the parade in the municipal/Farmers Market parking lot on Main Street. Dancing is optional, but encouraged.
Post-parade celebrations will continue into the evening, with the traditional costume madness and live music at Casa del Sol on Main Street and other establishments in the village.
For Halloween sophisticates, parade sponsor Hotel Nyack will host a classy costume party with music, dancing, passed hors d'oeuvres and four-hour open bar in the Hotel’s private ballroom (400 High Avenue, Nyack). The revelry runs from 8:00 pm to midnight. Tickets are on sale now through Eventbrite.
Is it Halloween yet?
Not quite, but Nyack is ready. And to get the spooky vibe going for the parade, students from Nyack High School have painted village store windows with appropriately monstrous themes. Plus, families and kids of all ages can get “psyched” ahead of time at the Nyack Farmers Market on October 27 (8:00 am to 2:00 pm in the main municipal parking lot). Kids can enjoy crafts and stories with parent volunteers from the Nursery School of the Nyacks. Music will help create the ghostly mood for all.
More information about Halloween goings-on (spooky movies at the Nyack Library, trick-or-treating, etc.) is available at visitnyack.org.
“The Nyack Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to bring back Halloween celebrations after a two-year break,” said Cohen. “Chamber members Hotel Nyack and Nyack Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center have helped make the 2022 parade possible through their generous sponsorships."
"The Village of Nyack also continues to provide essential ongoing support to this major event. Together, we’ve been doing the parade for over 30 years, and look forward to haunting the Hudson Valley for a least another 30.”
- 12:00 - 1:00pm Pet Costume Contest, judging, awards
- 3:00 - 5:00pm Float and costume contest and judging (humans)
- 5:30 pm Parade step-off
- 7:00 (approx.) Contest prizes awarded (humans)
- 7:00 - witching hour Post parade celebrations
- 8:00 - midnight Hotel Nyack party
PARADE ROUTE from Memorial Park (Depew and Piermont streets):
- South on Piermont Avenue
- West on Cedar Hill
- North on Broadway
- West on Main Street
- South on Franklin Street
- East on Artopee