Drumming in the Halloween Parade

Remember how I was agonizing about whether or not to drum in the Halloween Parade this year? Well, I found a post I made on Echo in 1997, before drumming in the parade for the second time.

“I’m drumming in the Halloween parade. I probably won’t be able to get any work done, I’m so excited about doing this. I drummed last year for the first time but I was such a beginner I didn’t really get to enjoy it. I had to pay such intense attention to what I was doing I was oblivious to my surroundings. Plus my arms were in agony because I wasn’t used to playing for hours at a time yet.”

“This year I’ll be able to look up at the crowd, be aware that I’m marching on 6th Avenue, notice the other people in the parade with me!”

I remember that first time so well. I’d only been drumming for a couple of months and I wasn’t very good. I kept my head down the entire time, staring furiously at my drum, as if that would make me drum any better. I basically missed the whole thing. I could have been anywhere. This year was the total opposite. I walked down 6th Avenue with my head up, taking in my surroundings while drumming away, la-dee-da. It was my 15th year!

A left-over sign on 6th Avenue, telling people if you march in this parade you might be on tv, because NY1 is filming the whole thing.

NY1 Sign about Halloween Parade

This was the first picture I took on Halloween. The wig caught my attention.

Halloween New York City

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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