Despite chilly temps, Village Halloween Parade draws thousands

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bloody zombies, superheroes and marchers in hazardous-materials garb evoking the Ebola virus are making their freewheeling way in New York City's Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.

Dr. Jane Testa sported a "hammer out Ebola" costume featuring a hazmat suit, flashing lights and a large version of the virus, made of balloons. She was holding a balloon hammer.

She says she made the costume "to raise awareness." She says her heart goes out to those infected.

People have been backed up for blocks waiting to enter Friday night's parade route.

The parade is open to anyone in a costume. It prides itself on being an anything-goes spectacle. It started in 1973 with a puppeteer marching with his family. Over the years, it's grown into a televised spectacle that draws thousands of spectators.

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