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Village Halloween Parade Is On After Fundraisers Reach $50K Goal

By Andrea Swalec | October 17, 2013 1:11pm
 The streets of Greenwich Village filled with spooky costumes during the 2011 Village Halloween Parade. The 2012 parade was cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
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MANHATTAN — The Village Halloween parade is on.

After this year's iteration of the huge Halloween party was threatened by a funding gap, organizers exceeded their $50,000 funding goal, their page on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter showed Thursday afternoon.

With the fundraising deadline just three days away, Village Halloween Parade Inc. had raised $50,363 as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Jeanne Fleming — artistic director of the event filled with elaborate costumes, floats and "Thriller"-dancing zombies — said she was elated to see the dollar amount at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

"It was a surprise," she said. "We were planning our last-minute strategy and what we were going to do."

The 2012 cancellation of the parade following Hurricane Sandy left this year's parade in danger, Fleming first told DNAinfo New York in August.

Fleming said she expected the parade to be saved by thousands of people giving small amounts, but said fewer people have donated bigger sums.

"It's been more like 800, 900 people giving larger amounts," the 67-year-old Dutchess County resident said.

Nearly 840 people donated money to the organizers, the Kickstarter page showed Thursday afternoon.

Parade organizers wrote on Facebook Wednesday evening that they had raised $46,000.