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Village Halloween Parade: See photos from the spooktacular event

One of the city's favorite traditions brought thousands dressed in an array of costumes to Sixth Avenue Wednesday night.

The 45th annual Village Halloween Parade started at Spring Street and Sixth Avenue, with participants marching up the avenue to 16th Street. 

Costumes were scary, funny and political, and not all were in the parade. Scroll down to see photos from the parade.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Thousands of costumed characters marched up Sixth Avenue in the Village Halloween Parade on Wednesday.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

The theme of this year's parade was "I AM a ROBOT!" organizers said.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Anyone wearing a costume was invited to participate in the parade.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

New Yorkers also lined up on Sixth Avenue to watch the event.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Costumes of all types were seen in the parade.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

The parade is a beloved city tradition.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

A group of superheroes participates in the festivities.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

A participant wears an elaborate costume at the Village Halloween Parade.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Some participants danced up Sixth Avenue. 

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Several people dressed as Wonder Woman dance in the parade.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

The parade included multiple cars and dozens of bands.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Even spectators were in costume. 

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Parade participants dressed in an array of costumes.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

The parade made its way up Sixth Avenue Wednesday night.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Some participants wore political costumes.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

A group carries a large dragon puppet at the event. 

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Skeleton puppets clattered along the parade route.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

A mariachi band costumed for Dia de Los Muertos walked in the parade.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

A young participant dressed as a police officer drives his way up Sixth Avenue. 

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

More skeleton puppets were seen in the parade.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Another costume gets political.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Behind the barriers, many were costumed.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

People of all ages participated in the festivities.

Thousands of costumed characters march up Sixth Ave
Photo Credit: David Handschuh

Some of the costumes  behind the parade barriers were as intriguing as those in the parade.

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