Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloons go up the night before the annual celebration in NYC.
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Buzz Lightyear was lying flat as a pancake with a net spread over him. The Pillsbury Doughboy was right behind him on West 81st St., as the ground crew from patiently Macy’s unwrapped Thanksgiving Parade balloons and began to inflate them with helium from large tanker trucks parked along the street. It may be a surprise to learn The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is making its 86th year. While preparations are ongoing for several days, the parade itself lasts for three hours and has been nationally televised since 1952.
Some of the parade history, according to Wikipedia is especially interesting. “The first Mickey Mouse balloon entered the parade in 1934.” The parade was suspended for two years during World War II. But it “became known nationwide after being prominently featured in the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, which included footage of the 1946 festivities. The event was first broadcast on network television in 1948. By this point the event, and Macy’s sponsorship of it, were sufficiently well-known to give rise to the colloquialism “Macy’s Day Parade”. Since 1984, the balloons have been made by Raven Aerostar (a division of Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Raven Industries),” according to Wikipedia.
Every year, the day before Thanksgiving, I head over to see the balloon assembly in the morning, when the school children visit with their classmates.
In the evening, we head to an annual day-before party in an apartment with an amazing view of the action.In the evening, as we headed to my friend’s house, we braved the thousands of people who line up to get a close view of the fun. Walking down her block, I was able to get very near the Spiderman and Christmas ornament balloons — inflated and ready to go. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Katie @ Yoga Gal says
That is so cool! You are very lucky. We are watching the parade right now and my daughter really liked the Snoopy balloon and the dancers. Happy Thanksgiving, Jane!
How fun! We are watching the parade right now. Have a great Thanksgiving!