Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Lauren Hancock, Staff Writer

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The world’s largest parade, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, has been an American Thanksgiving tradition since 1924. The 3-hour parade event is held in Manhattan starting at 9:00 a.m. and has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952. Many families have incorporated the Thanksgiving parade tradition into their own homes and continue to watch the extravaganza each year.

One of the major parts of the parade is the giant air balloons. The first balloons to pass through are the novelty ones. These balloons consist of classic balloons that typically walk the parade annually and are typically smaller. Following these, comes a brigade of pop-culture character balloons. Some of these more modern icons change each year and can reflect what was popular throughout the year.

The floats in the parade range from classics to new and sometimes unknown scenes and characters. Some of the most famous floats/balloons include the Smurfs, SpongeBob SquarePants, the turkey float, and of course, Santa Claus. Santa’s float has been the finale of the Thanksgiving Day parade for decades and is known throughout the country. Traditionally, the arrival of Santa Claus on his sleigh signaled the beginning of the Christmas season, and many people still agree with this conclusion.

Apart from the balloons and floats that take the streets, a vital aspect of the parade is the bands, singers, and other performers. College and high school marching bands walk each year, along with singers who go along on the various floats. Before the parade rolls through its entire route, Broadway performers show off their new shows, and an annual performance from the radio city music hall Rockettes concludes them all.

This thanksgiving, the tradition lived on when the 92nd Macy’s parade took the streets of New York City.

 

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