Nyack Halloween Parade on Saturday

Scene from 2013 Nyack Halloween Parade
Scene from 2013 Nyack Halloween Parade

The Nyack Chamber of Commerce will host its 28th annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (rain date Sunday, October 25) in the heart of Nyack. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with live music on Main Street.

The event, organized by the Chamber and sponsored by Guinness and Oak Beverages and The Time hotel, is the largest parade of its kind outside New York City.

Marchers and floats will assemble at 4 p.m. in Memorial Park at the corner of Depew and Piermont Streets in downtown Nyack. The parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to march — and to register for prizes, totaling over $2,000 for the best costumes and floats. Registration is required for prize eligibility.

The winner of this year’s Best Float competition will take home a $750 cash prize. Floats winning second and third place will receive $500 and $250 respectively. Prizes for costumes will be awarded in seven categories, with awards ranging from $25 to $200.

Adding to the day-long festivities, the Village of Nyack will host its second annual Halloween costume run — the “Witch Way 5K” — starting at 9 a.m. in Memorial Park. A kids’ run/costume parade — the “Boo Run 1K” — will begin at 9:45 a.m. For more information, go to www.recreation@nyack-ny.gov. Runners can register online at www.RaceAwesome.com.

For the main event, parade-goers will experience a variety of special talent, including three of Rockland County’s top marching bands — Nyack High School, Nanuet High School and Clarkstown North High School bands. Additional parade highlights include the Suburbia Roller Derby of Westchester, Hudson Valley Harley Riders, Rockland Boulders, an array of classic cars, local fire departments showing off their best equipment — and of course, the scariest and wackiest costumes this side of Manhattan.

Details are available at ww.nyackchamber.org