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Despite budget shortfall, high hopes for Halloween Parade


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The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade this Sunday is still expected to be a howling good time, even if it will be short on lights and floats.

Some last minute outpouring of generosity from New Yorkers and businesses have reduced the event’s fundraising shortfall from 50 percent earlier this month to 35 percent, parade director Jeanne Fleming, said Thursday, meaning only a few “bells and whistles” will be impacted.

“We need that last push,” Fleming said.

A number of people have sent in donations of $20 or $30, and Jeep recently signed on board as a sponsor, Fleming said. However, she declined once again to reveal what the parade budget is or how much in sponsorship she has received.

Despite the all-around belt-tightening, a number of New Yorkers who felt they could not support the 38th annual parade with their checkbooks have volunteered their time instead. Fleming said that there are over 1,000 volunteers, more than double the number from previous years.

Businesses, too, have joined in the good deeds, with nearby eatery, S’mac, donating its tasty mac & cheese to feed parade helpers, while Brooklyn Blight has agreed to provide beer for the volunteers.

“People may not have the money, but they’re giving time and energy,” Fleming said.

This year, the parade boasts a Haitian theme. The festivities will be soulful rather than political, said Fleming, explaining that she wanted to draw attention more toward the idea of resilience in tough times.

And adhering to a city mandate to shorten parades in order to save money on security, this year’s route will be five blocks shorter, ending on 16th Street.

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