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New York City Halloween Parade 2013

It must have had something to do with Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Since the parade was canceled due to the Sandy nightmare. I say this because normally arriving for the parade around 4:30 pretty much gave me a shot at a good spot.

This time around I had to struggle with the crowds and the New York City Police Department, crowd control paradigm, or  more to the point, the cattle corral.

 I had positioned myself at the corner of 6th Ave and 4th street, only to realize my worst fear. Once the parade started police activity was blocking my view.
A constant agitation that would soon force me to leave  there and seek a better viewing location elsewhere.

Fighting the crowds around the cattle corral, the surreal possibility started to set in; the possibility that with these masses, I may not  find an accessible spot from which to take  photos.

I plodded my way to  the corner of  6th avenue and 6th street. Here the event cameras were set up. A well lit, wide opened area ideal for nighttime digital photography, but sardines packed. Noting was moving. Here I'll wait it out.. I reasoned someone has to get tired of being squeezed.

My patience paid off. Around 9 0'clock, there was movement. I managed to squeeze forward to the second position from the rail and got my first clean photos.

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