The Garden of Earthly Delights!
Feel the Love in our garden!
2013 brought the Revival of the Parade after Hurricane Sandy and ALL OF YOU brought it back!
This year we celebrate the JOY of finding our tribe (all of you who donated to our Kickstarter to keep us going!) so this year’s celebration is about YOU and the secret garden of the Village Halloween Parade where all of you Earthly Delights gather in the landscape of New York City.
So, our 2014 Theme is: The Garden of Earthly Delights!
Is there an oasis, a point of respite between the ravaging wilds of nature and stifling constrictions of urban life? A garden is above all, a place of precarious balance - just enough nature to tie us to our primeval roots, yet not so much we might lose our way and fall prey to the dangers that lurk in the wilderness. It is a narrow borderland of green where one might be of nature without being fully in it. The great gardens of Europe often featured mazes of hedgerows, where visitors could experience the vicarious terror of becoming lost (literally “bewildered”) while taking comfort from the confines of civilization that encircled them.
New York’s Village Halloween Parade has always been a secret garden of sorts, a place where, for 40 years, wildness of every rare variety has flourished within the high walls of New York’s avenues. Halloween being a night of inversions, our “garden” is not a safe place where the “wild” is kept out; it is a safe place where the wildness of imagination is invited in! Just as Frederick Law Olmsted’s ramble in Central Park cultivates the liberating thrill of bewilderment amidst its twisting paths, wildly creative paraders know they are safe within the procession.
For our part, this year Parade puppeteers will sow the seeds of a verdant Garden, turning 6th Avenue into a greenway of surging shoots, unfurling blossoms, and tempting fruits dangling low from the animated boughs of a giant Tree of Life. All are invited to our workshops to help bring our not-so-secret, world-famous “garden” to life and celebrate our oasis of wildness that in the end (as Olmsted said) is what truly civilizes us.”
Come bee (buzzzz) in our Garden!
2014 Tees Available in September!
Jeanne Fleming, Artistic and Producing Director
Alex Kahn, Master Puppeteer