NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York City Village Halloween Parade, a not-for-profit arts organization, today announced the launch of their Kickstarter Campaign, set to go live on September 17th. The campaign will raise monies in an effort to recover considerable financial losses from the last minute cancellation of last year's Parade due to Superstorm Sandy, as well as provide financial backing to ensure that the Parade will celebrate its 40th Anniversary this Halloween.
The iconic event has provided an exuberant cacophony of lights, sounds and magical visuals on Halloween night for the past 40 years, attracting over 2 million people from across the globe at the 2011 Parade alone. Last year's cancellation was the first in the Parade's history, marking a milestone the organization never hoped to meet. In the face of devastation and destruction, the Parade has always been there to lift the spirits of the global community, having been the first major event in New York after 9/11, welcoming thousands of Hurricane Katrina refugees in 2005 and commissioning Haitian Carnival Puppets in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti.
"While nothing compares to the tragic loss of life and home caused by Sandy, the last minute cancellation proved to be a financial disaster for the Parade, putting our organization out over $50,000," said Jeanne Fleming, Producer and Artistic Director. "We have been hard at work to overcome the setbacks Hurricane Sandy brought, but now we are asking the millions of people who have ever marched in or watched the parade to help us make certain the Parade lives on."
Through the help of crowd funding via Kickstarter, the Parade will continue to entertain the public for a 40th year with a special appearance of the Giant Spider by Master Puppeteer Basil Twist on the Jefferson Market Library Clock Tower. For more information on how to become involved in the Kickstarter campaign to save the New York City Village Halloween Parade, please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/729950056/bring-halloween-back-to-nyc or www.halloween-nyc.com/
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