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Village Halloween Parade is Back on WPIX

The ghouls, goblins and world famous costumes will be on display as WPIX/Channel 11 is the home of the Village Halloween Parade October 31.

PIX Morning News anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Tamsen Fadal host the event, which runs along 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street. Greg Mocker and Dan Mannarino work the parade from street level.

Ricki Lake, who returned to daytime TV with a new syndicated show airing on WPIX, guest hosts.

The Village Halloween Parade, now its 39th year, first aired on Channel 11 in 2010.  The city’s only night time parade features an audience of over 2 million spectators with 60,000 costumed marchers, hundreds Halloween characters, including giant masks and puppets. In addition, dozens of marching bands playing music from around the world, stilt walkers, jugglers, and break dancers will participate.

The Halloween night “treat” runs from 7:30 to 10.

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Celebrate Israel Parade is Back on WWOR/Channel 9

The Celebrate Israel parade makes it annual march along Fifth Avenue, Sunday, June 3.

And WWOR/Channel 9 calls the parade home for a second straight year.

Harry Martin and Israeli TV’s Becky Griffin get the hosting duties, with live reports from WNYW/Channel 5 reporter Robert Moses. The noon to 2 p.m. broadcast will feature two hours of parade festivities, including dozens of colorful floats; rock, reggae, folk and a cappella groups; marching bands; stilt-walkers; motorcycle riders; dancing rollerbladers; and juggling clowns.

In making the announcement Lew Leone, WWOR VP and general manager, said, “My9 is proud to be the exclusive broadcaster of this annual event. We look forward to providing our viewers with coverage of this joyous celebration, which honors Israel’s rich history and vibrant heritage.”

Channel 9 will also stream the parade for the second year from noon until its conclusion at approximately 4 p.m. on its website, www.my9tv.com.  Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to gather this year to celebrate Israel, joined by a record 35,000 marchers.

Ernie Anastos Co-Anchors Annual Greek Parade on WWOR

The 74th annual New York Greek Parade is coming to WWOR/Channel 9 Sunday afternoon. Arguably, the city’s most famous Greek-American personality, WNYW/Channel 5 anchor Ernie Anastos, is co-hosting the live event on the Fox sister station. Anastos will be joined by Fox Business Network anchor Nicole Petallides.

Anastos’ Channel 5 colleague, and fellow Greek-Americans, meteorologist Nick Gregory and Jill Nicolini will provide live reports from along the parade route.

This year’s parade focuses on Greece’s 191st anniversary of independence. New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez – who is Cuban-American but enjoys Greek food — will serve as Grand Marshall.

More than 100,000 participants and spectators are expected to line Fifth Avenue Sunday afternoon. WWOR’s coverage runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WNBC Seeing Green, Provides Coverage of Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

WNBC is set for live coverage of the 251st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Channel 4 has four hours of parade festivities Saturday, as participants travel along Fifth Avenue to 86th Street.

This year’s hosts include Tommy Smyth, ESPN’s renowned soccer analyst and commentator, Treasa Smyth, host of Ireland Calls and Chris Cahill, executive director/Institute of American Irish Studies at Pace University, and New York Live‘s Jane HansonTom Llamas, who co-anchors the noon and 5 p.m. newscasts, will interview dignitaries along the parade route.

Serving as Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Francis X. Comerford, chief revenue officer and president of commercial operations for the NBC Owned Television Stations.

WNBC will stream the parade live , and it will also be available on mobile devices at nbcnewyork.com.

WCBS/Channel 2 Wraps Super Bowl Coverage with Best Parade Ratings

WCBS/Channel 2 put the finishing touches on another New York Giants Super Bowl season with special coverage of yesterday’s parade along the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan.

The parade, of course, was a celebration of the Giants upending the Patriots for another championship.

But the parade could also have a been a victory lap for Channel 2. The station had expanded coverage since last week from Indianapolis, and fittingly drew the most viewers for the ballyhoo up Broadway.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., WCBS attracted an estimated 244,000 viewers to the parade and subsequent City Hall celebration, according to Nielsen. Among the other stations providing live coverage, WNBC/Channel 4 came  closest with 239,000 people tuned in, while WABC/Channel 7 had 219,000 viewers. WNYW/Channel 5 also on hand for the festivities notched just 186,000 viewers during the three-hour window.

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Stations Prepare for Giants’ Super Bowl Winning Parade

With another Super Bowl title for the New York Giants, now comes the celebration! Several stations are planning to televise the ticker tape parade tomorrow up the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan.

WCBS/Channel 2 begins its live coverage at 11 a.m. with the celebrations at two venues –New York City and at the Giants’ home, MetLife Stadium.

WCBS will have cameras along and above the parade route and will feature reports by news anchors Maurice DuBois, Chris Wragge and Don Dahler, sports anchors Otis Livingston and Lisa Kerney, reporter Jennifer McLogan, and WFAN morning co-host Craig Carton.

Those unable to get to a television can watch the festivities streamed live on CBSNewYork.com.

WNBC/Channel 4 is providing live coverage as well, starting with Today in New York at 4:30 a.m. Darlene Rodriguez and Michael Gargiulo then join sports anchor Bruce Beck for live coverage at 11 a.m.  Several reporters will be staked out along the parade route, including Andrew Siff and Katherine Creag.

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Village Halloween Parade Returns to WPIX

WPIX giving viewers a “treat” on Halloween weekend.

For the second straight year, WPIX is the broadcast home of the Village Halloween Parade. You can see the exclusive coverage is Saturday, October 29 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

PIX Morning News anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera get “introduced” to the nighttime audience.

This year, Channel 11 isn’t just covering the outrageous Village Halloween Parade, New York City’s only parade after dark. WPIX is also part of the event with the its first float featuring Family Guy and “Stewie’s Sexy Dance Party.”  (Family Guy reruns air on WPIX weeknights)

But, there’s more ”Shoctober” excitement on Channel 11.

The station is resurrecting Chiller Theater for a pair of frightful films Saturday night: Little Shop of Horrors, the 1960 Jack Nicholson version (6:30 p.m.), and the 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead (8 p.m.).

Chiller Theater has a long history on WPIX, originally airing from 1961 to 1978, and again from 1980 to 1982. Chiller Theater, which returned in 2008, includes the vintage “The Six-Fingered Hand” open.

WABC/Channel 7 to Televise Columbus Day Parade For First Time

WABC/Channel 7 is taking over as broadcast home of the 67th annual Columbus Day Parade on Monday, October 10th.

“Channel 7 is proud to partner with the parade’s organizer, the Columbus Citizens Foundation, for the largest celebration of Italian American heritage and culture in the world, said WABC-TV president and general manager Dave Davis. “Viewers choose to watch Channel 7 because they know how well we serve their communities. The Columbus Day Parade is a natural fit for us.” 

Channel 7′s broadcast will reach more than 7.4 million television households throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. In addition, the parade will be seen on the Italian television network, RAI International.

Emmy-Award winning CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo, and entertainer Joe Piscopo are back as parade hosts. Eyewitness News morning anchor Ken Rosato and reporter Lisa Colagrossi will provide updates along the route.

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