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New York holds Halloween parade

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Revelers dressed in Halloween costumes have thronged the streets of New York despite fears over the Ebola virus.

The annual festival is held on October 31st to celebrate the autumn harvest and to dispel evil spirits.

Participants in colorful costumes paraded through downtown Manhattan holding pumpkins and other objects associated with Halloween.

Organizers say they had expected a lower turnout this year due to concerns over Ebola, but a record 2 million residents and visitors participated in the event.

City officials, however, have deployed additional police officers due to terrorism concerns related to Islamic State militants.

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