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Halloween haunts NYC

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 - 01:29

Nov. 1 - From floating eyeballs and skeletons to macabre costumes and political messages, it's all on ghoulish display at New York City's annual Halloween parade. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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All eyes were on New York's Halloween parade, as thousands marched down Sixth Avenue to excite spectators. This year's theme "I of the Beholder," was a nod to social media, where people are constantly documenting life with the latest technology. The parade turned 39 this year, but it was the first time New York resident Ursula Deljanin attended the event. (SOUNDBITE) Ursula Deljanin, New York resident, attending parade for the first time, saying (English): "It's when anything goes. You can be politically incorrect, you can be mean, you can be nasty. And you can be sweet and nice." A couple dressed as illegal aliens thought the spectacle was out of this world. (SOUNDBITE) Tanya Mathelieo, dressed as an "illegal alien", saying (English): "This is where adults can become kids and relive our childhood. Just look at all the fairy tales come to life. This is magnificent. This is beautiful." Like in previous years, political messages accompanied creative costumes. 200 Occupy Wall Street members came to represent the so-called 99 percent, while the one percent made a rebuttal to their demands. Parade organizers say the annual fright-fest is viewed by approximately two million spectators each year. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.

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Halloween haunts NYC

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 - 01:29