When it comes to Thanksgiving it is all about embracing tradition and welcoming the last few holidays of the year. There are very few Thanksgiving traditions that can rival the majestic and entertaining nature of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. With dashingly shows of bands, singers, and dancers it always provides viewers with a spectacle worth watching, and not to mention the iconic massive balloon floats that make their way through the streets of Manhattan every year.
The city of New York will once again be in the spotlight when they kickoff Thanksgiving with their annual event of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade this Thursday. The parade is unbelievably in its 86 year of existence, and has more than gained the nation’s attention, as it has become one of the world’s if not the world’s biggest Holiday parade.
The parade first started in 1924 when a group of Macy’s employees helped put the parade together, back then it was called Macy’s Christmas Parade and it featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. The parade was way more successful than the employees and organizers thought, so as a result they started doing it every year and so began the long lasting tradition of the parade.
Ever since 1946 the parade has been nationally televised giving millions of people the chance to see what new things the parade will have every year. This year a few new Balloon faces will be added to the already star studded lineup, Papa Smurf and the Elf on a Shelf will be the new additions, while a new version of Hello Kitty will also be included.
“A great thing about the parade balloons is that they are the most recognizable characters in the world,” parade spokesman Orlando Veras said. “We might not all have been around when characters like Betty Boop and Felix the cat were really popular, but we understand the pop culture significance of them,” Veras added.
Unfortunately, with the new additions to the lineup, it also means some balloons with be subtracted from the show, sadly one of the most popular characters in the history of the parade will not make her presence this year as Snoopy will be out of the lineup. Instead of having Snoopy in the lineup his good buddy Charlie Brown will take his spot according to York Dispatch. There will be a tremendous amount of old cartoon characters along with the new age ones that will make the trip down the 2 and half mile parade path.
It is expected to be near 3 million spectators lining the streets this year along with 50 million people watching it on T.V. There will be over 8,000 volunteers all pulling together to bring viewers the most spectacular holiday celebration in the world. The show will be shown on NBC and will kick off on Thanksgiving morning at 9 a.m.
If you do watch the parade what would you say is your favorite part?
Macy’s Day Parade 2012 Floats
A private tour of the new floats we will see at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.