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New Yorkers hold post-snow Halloween parade


08:57, November 02, 2011

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- One day after the first pre-Halloween snow in over 100 years, New Yorkers enjoyed their 39th annual Village Halloween Parade Monday night, which is funny and spooky with a bit of anti-Wall Street flavor.

With the event theme of "the I of the Beholder", this year's parade featured a cloud of floating eye-shaped objects up in the sky above the Sixth Avenue, as bunches of "skeletons" and "spirits" occupied the ground below. Tens of thousands of people cheered from sidewalk of the streets, defying freezing cold after a rare October snowstorm last weekend.

The disembodied "eyes" evoke the modern anxiety of surveillance, said Jordan Matthews, son of Jeanne Fleming, art director of the parade.

After the 9/11 terror attacks, Americans are subjected to more and more surveillance from the authorities, he said.

With the thriving of social media, however, people revel in their own reflections with every Youtube uploaded and every Facebook post, thus becoming their own surveillants, added Matthews.

Not surprisingly, this year's parade saw anti-Wall Street protesters in their sarcastic costumes, who dotted the Six Avenue in lower Manhattan. Instead of dressing like a monster or vampire, some of them wore business suits and top hats as the symbol of capitalism, holding placards that say "occupied, hey 99 percent get off of me" or "I am broke". Recent statistics show that 1 percent of the U.S. population is getting richer faster, widening the wealth gap with the rest poor 99 percent.

A traditional Chinese lion and dragon dance group also attracted a lot of audience during the event.

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