A reveller dressed as Van Gogh at the 41st Annual 
Village Halloween Parade in New York City.
A reveller dressed as Van Gogh at the 41st Annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City.

New York : Bloody zombies lumbered alongside superheroes, cowboys shared the road with villains and marchers in hazardous-materials garb evoked the Ebola crisis as the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade made its freewheeling way through downtown Manhattan, reports AP.

 Creativity was on display and current events were on marchers’ minds as a costumed crowd of thousands flowed up Sixth Avenue on a windy Halloween night.

Dr Jane Testa sported a “hammer out Ebola” costume featuring a hazmat suit, flashing lights, a large version of the virus, made of balloons, and a sign with a biohazard symbol and the message “Quarantine: Ebola outbreak. Deadly force may be used.”   “Don’t get too close!” Testa warned, holding a balloon hammer with a red cross. Stressing that her heart goes out to those infected, she said she spent several days making the costume “to raise awareness.”

“And laughter,” added her friend Dawn Sickles, who also donned a hazmat suit. As usual, the mood along the parade route was Carnival-esque, with eruptions of loud music and collective cheers.

People backed up for blocks waiting to enter the route, while throngs of spectators snapped photos and took in costumes that included Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pocahontas, Marilyn Monroe, assorted fruits, a 1980s-themed float and more. Ben Goodkin folded his arms solemnly as he described why he chose to dress as Pope Francis. “He’s an inspiration to many people around the world,” Goodkin said. “And it’s humorous.”

The 18-year-old, a first-year student at New York University, had never been to the parade before. “I love it,” he said. Not far away, the ancient Egyptian monarchs Ramses and Cleopatra, also known as Erwin and Cassandra Dmello of Connecticut, were celebrating Halloween for the first time. The Dmellos, both 30, are originally from Bombay, India.

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