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Photos: NYC Halloween Parade Features Addiction-Awareness Procession of Skulls

This year's annual Village Halloween Parade featured a group of volunteers wearing skull masks in honor of lives lost to addiction. The event, by Hugs Not Drugs and Rehabs.com, helped raise money for treatment.

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If you joined the fray in this year’s annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City, you may have witnessed a colorful procession of skull masks decorated in the style of Mexico’s Dia de Los Muertos (photos below). This was the debut of a collaboration by Hugs Not Drugs and Rehabs.com, in honor of the memory of those who have lost their lives to addiction—currently the leading cause of accidental death in the US.

The skull masks were decorated by local artists like David Demers, Steve Madden, Jacob Hyzer for Alcone Makeup, Brian Yanish of Scrapkins, Manana Saralidze, Candice Crawford and others. Overall, more than a hundred people participated in the event, which helped raise funds for Hugs Not Drugs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people seeking rehabilitation from drug addiction. You can find information on how to donate here.

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