New York City Halloween Parade Canceled, Marathon Still Happening

Of all the cities in the United States to host major Halloween events, New York ranks at the top.We even named the Village Halloween Parade in New York as one of the Top 5 Best Halloween Parties in the country. But thanks to Hurricane Sandy parts of Manhattan are now “underwater,” according to a New York Fire Department spokesman, and the event has been canceled.

“For the first time in our 39 year history, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and the New York Police Department have canceled the parade,” the organizers said in a statement on the event’s official website. “We hope that everyone who would have come to the parade is safe, and that those who can volunteer to help out at one of the Emergency Outreach Centers near you.”

The parade, which is typically attended by thousands of New Yorkers and tourists alike, includes hundreds of floats, live performances, puppets and dance artists. It normally takes over Sixth Avenue in Lower Manhattan.

The other major event scheduled for this week is the 2012 New York City Marathon, and it is still slated to happen on Sunday.

“New York Road Runners is carefully monitoring Hurricane Sandy and its possible impact on the marathon and Race Week events,” the organization said on its website. “At this time, we anticipate no changes to any of our public events.”

The marathon starts at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, then winds through the city’s five boroughs and over a number of major bridges to a finish line in Central Park. Most of the route sidesteps the low-lying areas of the city that were most affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“We are going to give [participants] time to get here, and if they have to cancel, we will give them the chance to cancel up to Saturday,” said New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg in a conference call interview today. “We remain extremely confident we will have an amazing weekend.”