Week 8 Homework and NYC’s 46th Annual Village Halloween Parade

For homework, please finish building your Halloween costumes. Don’t forget to take photos and video of the process. Post up some progress photos, your circuit diagram, and code for your homework blog post, due by 10/29 at 8pm.

In class on 10/30, we will get into costume and have a rehearsal for the parade including a small “last looks” critique, and take some photos. Hopefully any necessary last-minute adjustments can be identified during class and completed before the parade on 10/31.

In the evening on 10/31, let’s march in The Village Halloween Parade!

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Meet in the south classroom at 6pm. We’ll be departing PoD at 6:15pm on 10/31.

We will take the 1 train from 23rd st/ 7th ave to Canal Street.

If your costume doesn’t fit on the train (I think everyone’s will), take a large car service/taxi and meet us at Varick Street and Canal Street.

Once together as a group, we’ll proceed to the parade entrance at Canal Street and 6th Ave. We should expect to wait in a crowded holding area there for about an hour before being released into the parade.

The parade proceeds up 6th Ave and ends around 16th-18th street. At that point it’s easy to walk the rest of the way back to PoD or go on about your merry evening. We should be done walking by 8-9pm.

Becky’s Parade Rules:

  • STAY TOGETHER! Make sure you can see one of your Guiding Skeletons throughout the parade, until we reach 16th Street.
  • Put my cell phone number in your phone contacts
  • Get your picture taken: Smokey and I will both be snapping pics of you during the parade. Make sure we get pics of you with your amazing costume!
  • Let me know if you need to leave early: it’s pretty easy to get out of the parade if you absolutely need to (panic attack, etc.), but you can’t get back in.
  • If there’s a parade-wide emergency (meteor strike, terrorism), please meet back at PoD for a check-in.

Some tips for having the best time possible:

  • eat beforehand
  • wear comfortable shoes
  • prepare for cold weather with thick socks and an underlayer or other way to make your costume warm (gloves, scarf, hat)
  • bring a bag, utility belt, etc. for your belongings and carry some water and extra batteries for your costume.
  • practice your dance moves in-costume in front of a mirror
  • wave to the TV cameras around West 4th Street

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