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Posted on: October 26, 2021

UPDATED: Annual Main Street Merchant’s Urchin Costume Parade to Resume in New Rochelle Downtown

UPDATED 10/29:  NRBID's Main Street Merchant's Urchins Costume Parade will now be held on Halloween morning- Sunday, October 31st at 10am, followed by pumpkin painting at Ruby Dee Park. 


When it comes to Halloween treats this year, everyone will be thrilled on Saturday October 30 (rain date Sunday October 31) at 10am when the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (NRBID) resumes its fun event for young children-- the Annual Main Street Merchant’s Urchin Costume Parade.

Young children who are elementary school age and below will be able to join in the free holiday Costume Parade which will be followed by free Pumpkin Painting Event for Parade Participants. The Parade route will begin at Downtown’s New Roc City going to North Avenue to Main Street to Memorial Highway ending at Library Green’s Ruby Dee Park for a Pumpkin Painting Event for Parade participants.

As it has in the past, the NRBID is working with Events Manager Nina Shawn Gainor and her team of local students and residents who will be guiding a procession that features children in the latest costume creativity. NRBID’s Partners in the event include New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department, New Rochelle Public Library and the City of New Rochelle.

The schedule is:

  • 9:45am     Line up begins at New Roc City
  • 9:50am        Photo Op for Parade Kickoff at New Roc City
  • 10:00am    Parade begins route to Library Green’s Ruby Dee Park
  • Post parade    Free Pumpkin Painting Event for Parade participants At Library Green’s Ruby Dee Park

Parade and Pumpkin Painting Event protocols are: 

  • Current CDC protocol for outdoor gatherings will be adhered to.
  • Cloth masks for children over age 2 should be part of costume. 
  • Halloween masks are NOT a substitute for cloth masks 
  • Social distance while walking in the parade route and at Pumpkin Painting Event.
  • Pumpkins and treats for Parade participants
  • Rain date is Sunday October  31, 2021 at 10am

For rain date information call 914-654-2116 For additional information contact

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