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Photos: Costumed revelers kick off 46th NYC Halloween parade

GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan — Tens of thousands of costumed revelers marched in New York City's 46th annual Village Halloween Parade.

The mile and a half parade kicked off Thursday night in Greenwich Village at Spring Street and proceeded up Sixth Avenue to West 15th Street.

This year's parade featured hundreds of Wild Things-themed puppets and more than 50 music bands, dancers and artists. The parade, which is open to anyone wearing a costume, began in 1973 with a puppeteer marching with his family and grew into a televised extravaganza.

The New York Police Department reports it's on "heightened vigilance" to keep everyone safe despite saying there were no credible threats.

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