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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade presented by Macy's Department store. The three-hour event is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving. Image File history File links Macys80thparadelogo. ... Image File history File links Macys80thparadelogo. ... Macys Day Parade was the final single and is the final track of Green Days album Warning:. It also appears on the compilation album, International Superhits!, and the live EP Tune in Tokyo. ... United States Marines on parade. ... This article is about the R. H. Macy & Co. ... The interior of a typical Macys department store. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Eastern Standard Time redirects here. ... For other uses, see Thanksgiving (disambiguation). ...

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History

In the 1920s many of Macy's department store employees were first-generation immigrants. Proud of their new American heritage, they wanted to celebrate the United States holiday of Thanksgiving with the type of festival their parents had loved in Europe. Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ...


In 1929, the annual Thanksgiving parade started by Louis Bamberger in Newark, New Jersey at the Bamberger's store was transferred to New York by Macy's. In New York, the employees marched to Macy's flagship store on 34th Street dressed in vibrant costumes. There were floats, professional bands and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. At the end of that first parade, as has been the case with every parade since, Santa Claus was welcomed into Herald Square. At this first parade, however, the Jolly Old Elf was enthroned on the Macy's balcony at the 34th Street store entrance, where he was then "crowned" "King of the Kiddies." With an audience of over a quarter of a million people, the parade was such a success that Macy's declared it would become an annual event. Louis Bamberger was Newark, New Jerseys leading citizen from the early 1900s until his death in 1944. ... Nickname: Map of Newark in Essex County Coordinates: , Country State County Essex Founded/Incorporated 1666/1836 Government  - Mayor Cory Booker, term of office 2006–2010 Area [1]  - Total 26. ... Bambergers was a regional department store chain founded in 1893. ... The Empire State building, dominating the skyline. ... The Central Park Zoo is located in Central Park in New York City and run by the Wildlife Conservation Society. ... A typical depiction of Santa Claus. ... Categories: Stub | Manhattan ...


Large animal-shaped balloons replaced the live animals in 1927 when the Felix the Cat balloon made its debut. Felix was filled with air, but by the next year, helium was used to fill the expanding cast of balloons. For other uses, see Balloon (disambiguation). ... This article is about the cartoon character. ... General Name, symbol, number helium, He, 2 Chemical series noble gases Group, period, block 18, 1, s Appearance colorless Standard atomic weight 4. ...


As the finale of the 1928 parade, the balloons were released into the sky where they unexpectedly burst. The following year they were redesigned with safety valves to allow them to float for a few days.[1] Address labels were sewn into them, so that whomever found and mailed back the discarded balloon received a gift from Macy's [2]


Through the 1930s, the Parade continued to grow, with crowds of over 1 million lining the parade route in 1933. The first Mickey Mouse balloon entered the parade in 1934. The annual festivities were broadcast on local New York radio through 1941. Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ...


The parade was suspended for the duration of World War II, owing to the need for rubber and helium in the war effort. The parade resumed in 1945 using the route that it currently follows (see below). The parade became a permanent part of American culture after being prominently featured in the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, which shows actual footage of the 1946 festivities. The event was first telecast nationally in 1952 (see below). On the NBC telecast from in front of the flagship Macy's store on Broadway and 34th Sreet,the marching bands perform live music but most of the other live acts such as songs from Broadway musicals use pre-recorded music with the performers lip-syncing thier singing. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Miracle on 34th Street (also titled The Big Heart in the UK) is a 1947 film written by Valentine Davies, directed by George Seaton, and starring Maureen OHara, John Payne, and Edmund Gwenn. ...


Other cities in the US also have parades on Thanksgiving, but they are not run by Macy's. The nation's oldest Thanksgiving parade was first held in Philadelphia in 1920. Other cities include: Chicago, Illinois; Plymouth, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington; Houston, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; and Fountain Hills, Arizona. Since 1994, a "rival" balloon parade of sorts in the New York Metropolitan Area has been run in Stamford, Connecticut. It is run on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to not directly compete with the Macy's parade and the balloon characters are not duplicated between the 2 parades. In recent years it has received up to 200,000 spectators and has become the 2nd biggest such parade in the U.S., surpassing in crowd even the parades held on Thanksgiving Day itself (except for Macy's).[citation needed] For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Nickname: Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Plymouth Settled 1620 Incorporated (town) 1670 Government [1]  - Type Representative town meeting  - Town    Manager Mark Sylvia Area  - Total 134. ... Seattle redirects here. ... Houston redirects here. ... Detroit redirects here. ... The world famous fountain of Fountain Hills, Arizona, spews water to a height of 562 feet, once per hour. ... New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island is the most populous metropolitan area in the United States and is also one of the most populous in the world . ... There is more than one place named Stamford. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[3] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[2] Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Thanksgiving (disambiguation). ... Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in much of North America, generally observed as an expression of gratitude, usually to God. ...


New safety measures were incorporated in 2006 to prevent accidents and balloon related injuries. One measure taken was installation of wind measurement devices to alert parade organizers to any unsafe conditions that could cause the balloons to behave erratically. Also, parade officials implemented a measure to keep the balloons closer to the ground during windy conditions.


Balloons

Balloon inflation

Members of the Stevens Institute of Technology training for the parade in Giants Stadium parking lot.
Members of the Stevens Institute of Technology training for the parade in Giants Stadium parking lot.

The balloons for the parade are inflated the day before (Wednesday) on both sides of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The balloons are split between 77th and 81st Streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. The inflation team consists of various volunteers from Macy's as well as students from Stevens Institute of Technology, a local university in Hoboken, NJ where the balloons and floats are designed and built. The inflation is open to the public the afternoon and night before the parade. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3264x2448, 2390 KB) This is a picture of the training for the Inflation crew of the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3264x2448, 2390 KB) This is a picture of the training for the Inflation crew of the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Giants Stadium, frequently referred to as The Meadowlands, is the home stadium for the New York Giants and New York Jets football teams of the NFL, and the Red Bull New York soccer team of MLS. It is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey in the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Image of Hoboken taken by NASA (red line shows where Hoboken is). ...


Balloon Facts

  • The largest balloon to be in the parade was Superman.
  • The first female character balloon in the parade was Olive Oyl in 1982.
  • The Eddie Cantor balloon is the only balloon to be modeled after a living person.
  • The Clifford the Big Red Dog balloon is the only one said to be life-sized.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (character) was the first video game character to have a balloon modeled after it, with its debut in 1993's parade.
  • Little Bill was the first African American character to have a balloon based after him.
  • Dora The Explorer was the first Latino character to have a balloon based after her.
  • Snoopy is the character with the most balloons made after him, having 6 balloons
  • The first balloon in the first Macy's day parade was Felix the Cat.

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Balloon introductions

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Novelty Balloon Introductions

  • 2007: Artie The Pirate, Macy's Parade Balloon Cluster, Valkyrie Movie Balloon
  • 2006: Green Candy Cane, Handprint Stars, Ice Cream Cone
  • 2005: Wiggle Worm, Candy Canes, Snow Crystals, Poinsettias
  • 2004: Uncle Sam

Balloonicle and Falloon Introductions

A falloon ("F") (portmanteau of "float" and "balloon") is a float-based balloon. A balloonicle ("B") (portmanteau of "balloon" and "vehicle") is a self-powered balloon vehicle.

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Float Introductions

  • 2007: The Care Bears Winter Fun-Derland, International Cele-Bear-Ation Clock Tower, M&M's Chocolate Candies on Broadway, Music Bigger than Life, Barbie as The Island Princess
  • 2006: Barbie & the 12 Dancing Princesses, Doodlebug, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Mother Goose, Space Station Discovery,
  • 2005: Holiday Beat, Krazy Kritters , The Magic of Childhood, 123 Sesame Street, Barbie as the Princess & The Pauper, NFL Classic, Tutenstein, and Voyage to Adventure
  • 2002: Barney's Playtime in The Park
  • 1998: Sesame Street
  • 1987: Marvel Comics
  • 1984: Fraggle Rock
  • 1971: Tom Turkey

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Performers and acts

In addition to the well-known balloons and floats, the parade also features live music and other performances. College and high school marching bands from across the country participate in the parade, and the television broadcasts feature performances by famous singers and bands. The Radio City Rockettes are a classic performance as well.


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Broadway Shows

Every year, a number of Broadway shows perform in the parade.

  • 2007: Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, Xanadu, Radio City Rockettes

Television coverage

More than 44 million people watch the parade on television each year. NBC has been the official broadcaster of the event since 1955, however, starting 2007, CBS broadcasted it along with NBC. CBS is the unofficial broadcaster for the parade. For many years now the parade, which began its television appearances on CBS in 1952, has been hosted mostly by members of The Today Show. However, from 1962 to 1971 it was hosted by Lorne Greene (who was then appearing in NBC's Bonanza), and Betty White. Today Show's Bryant Gumbel, Ed McMahon and Regis Philbin hosted the telecast into the early 1980s. This article is about the television network. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... Lorne Greene in his role as Ben Cartwright in Bonanza Lorne Greene as Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica Lorne Greene O.C., LL.D. (February 12, 1915 – September 11, 1987) was a Canadian actor best known for two iconic roles on American television. ... The Bonanza logo was superimposed upon a map of a wild west frontier area. ... Betty White (born January 17, 1922) is an Emmy Award-winning American film and television actress with a career spanning sixty years, sometimes referred to as The First Lady of Television and Americas Sweetheart. ... Edward Ed Peter Leo McMahon, Jr. ... Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (born August 25, 1931) is an Emmy Award-winning American television personality best known for his roles as a talk show host, game show host, and presenter at various events. ...

1979 parade
1979 parade

Between 1987 and 1997, the NBC telecast coverage was hosted by the Today Show's Bryant Gumbel and Willard Scott. During that period, their co-hosts were Mary Hart, Sandy Duncan, Deborah Norville, and Katie Couric; In 1995, Al Roker joined the live parade coverage. Matt Lauer picked up hosting duties in 1998 when Willard Scott left. In 2006, the hosting team consisted of Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer and Al Roker; effectively, this is the cast of The Today Show since the parade's first hour (and, as of 2007, the second hour as well) falls within that show's regular time slot. The parade was announced by Don Pardo, until 1999 when Joel Goddard took over. From the early 80s until circa 1994, the show was produced and directed by Dick Schneider; since circa 1994, the telecast has been executive produced by Brad Lachman, produced by Bill Bracken and directed by Gary Halvorson. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1271x700, 558 KB) [edit] Summary [edit] Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1271x700, 558 KB) [edit] Summary [edit] Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade ... Willard Herman Scott, Jr. ... Marys famous legs Mary Hart (born November 8, 1950) is an American television personality and a long-time host of the syndicated gossip and entertainment round-up program Entertainment Tonight. ... Sandra Kay Sandy Duncan (born February 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress of stage and television. ... Deborah Norville (born August 8, 1958 in Dalton, Georgia) is an American television broadcaster and journalist. ... Katherine Anne Katie Couric (born January 7, 1957) is an American media personality who became well-known as co-host of NBCs Today. ... Al Roker (born August 20, 1954) is an American television broadcaster, best known as the weather anchor for NBCs Today show. ... Matthew Todd Lauer (December 30, 1957)[1] is an American television personality, best known as a co-host of NBCs The Today Show (since 1994)[1] after being a news anchor in New York [2] and a local talk-show host in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, and Richmond. ... Willard Herman Scott, Jr. ... Meredith Vieira (born December 30, 1953) is an Emmy Award-winning American television personality, game show hostess and journalist. ... Matthew Todd Lauer (December 30, 1957)[1] is an American television personality, best known as a co-host of NBCs The Today Show (since 1994)[1] after being a news anchor in New York [2] and a local talk-show host in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, and Richmond. ... Al Roker (born August 20, 1954) is an American television broadcaster, best known as the weather anchor for NBCs Today show. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... Dominick George Don Pardo (born February 22, 1918 in Westfield, Massachusetts) is a legendary American radio and television announcer. ... Derk Dick Schneider (born 21 March 1948 in Deventer) is a retired Dutch footballer who was active as a defender. ... Gary Halvorson is an American director of television shows and series. ...


Since 2003, parade coverage has been simulcast in Spanish language on NBC-owned Telemundo. Parade coverage has won nine Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Special Event Coverage since 1979. This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ... Telemundo is an American television network based in Hialeah, Florida. ... An Emmy Award. ...


As the Macy's parade, like most parades, occurs on public streets, NBC's coverage is not exclusive. For several years, CBS also televised portions of the parade as part of its wraparound "All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade" coverage, which includes footage from Thanksgiving parades around the country. Since then, however, the wraparound coverage has been dropped completely. The Macy's Parade continues to be covered on CBS (albeit as unlicensed and unofficial coverage without the use of the Macy's name) and is currently marketed under the title "The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS." This article is about the broadcast network. ...


Houston, Texas and Detroit, Michigan are the largest television markets to have the parade pre-empted for locally based parades. Houston's CBS affiliate, KHOU-TV, does the annual march through downtown Houston, and WDIV-TV in Detroit pre-empts NBC coverage for that city's "America's Thanksgiving Day Parade". Because the coverage is carried by two networks, viewers in those cities can watch the Macy's parade on the other network's station, and thus the parade is not entirely blacked out. Houston redirects here. ... Detroit redirects here. ... KHOU-TV is the local CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas, owned by Belo Corporation (which purchased the station, along with the rest of Corinthian Broadcasting, from Dun & Bradstreet in 1984). ... WDIV Local 4 is the NBC television station based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


Parade route

The Parade has always taken place on Manhattan Island, one of the 'Five Bouroughs' that make up New York City. Originally the parade started from 145th Street in Harlem and ended at Herald Square, a 6 1/2 mile route. (In Manhattan the higher street numbers are north)


The Parade adopted its current route in 1945 when NBC began televising the parade. Beginning at the intersection of 77th Street and Central Park West, the route heads south along Central Park. At Columbus Circle, the route turns onto Broadway, passes through Times Square, and continues southward to Macy's, turning west onto 34th Street, and continuing to 7th Avenue, where the floats are taken down. It is not advised to view the parade from Columbus Circle, as due to higher winds in this flat area, balloon teams race through it. Central Park is a large public, urban park (843 acres, 3. ... View of Columbus Circle, looking east down Central Park South from inside the Time Warner Center. ... A view of Broadway in 1909 Broadway, as the name implies, is a wide avenue in New York City, and is the oldest north-south main thoroughfare in the city, dating to the first New Amsterdam settlement. ... For other uses, see Times Square (disambiguation). ... This article is about the R. H. Macy & Co. ... 34th Street Magazine is the weekly arts and entertainment magazine published by The Daily Pennsylvanian, the independent daily student newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania. ...


The shortened Parade route offered at least one convenience: it eliminated the need for the large balloons to be carried under the elevated subway lines. Today, New York City officials preview the parade route and try to eliminate as many potential obstacles as possible, even going as far as rotating overhead traffic signals out of the way.


An interesting experience is attending the parade rehearsal which begins around midnight, though without balloons.


Macy's Holiday Parade

Since 2002, Macy's Studios has partnered with Universal Studios Orlando to bring the Macy's balloons and floats from New York to the theme park in Florida every holiday season. The parade is performed daily and includes the iconic Santa Claus float. Performers from the Orlando area are cast as various clowns, and the park invites guests to be "balloon handlers" for the parade. [3] This June 2005 does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ...


Incidents and injuries

  • In 1993, The Sonic the Hedgehog balloon crashed into a lamppost at Columbus Circle and injured an off-duty police officer.[1]
  • In 1997, high winds pushed the Cat in the Hat balloon into a lamppost.[2] The falling debris struck a parade-goer, fracturing her skull and leaving her in a coma for a month. Size rules were implemented the next year, eliminating larger balloons like the Cat in the Hat.[3]
  • In 1997 the wind was so strong, the Barney balloon was cut, and had to be out from the rest of the parade.[citation needed]
  • In 2005, the M&M's chocolate candies balloon caught on a streetlight in Times Square. Two sisters were struck by falling debris, suffering minor injuries. As a result, new safety rules were introduced.[4] Those rules came in handy for the 2006 parade, as balloons were lowered because of rain and high winds. The M&M's balloon was retired after 2006, and replaced by a float saluting Broadway theatre and musicals.
  • In 2006, the low-flying Spongebob balloon caught on a lampost in Herald Square, but no injuries were reported. Spectators chanted "Free Spongebob!", cheering once a police officer and a concerned father released him.[citation needed]

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Helium shortage

In 2006, parade organizers decided to use fewer balloons in response to a worldwide shortage of helium. Organizers, in fact, talked of not using any balloons at all, but decided to compromise due to public demand.[5] General Name, symbol, number helium, He, 2 Chemical series noble gases Group, period, block 18, 1, s Appearance colorless Standard atomic weight 4. ...


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References

  1. ^ "Site of Balloon Accident Is Known for Its Crosswinds", New York Times, 2005-11-27. Retrieved on 2007-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Macy's Parade of Balloons Gets One Thing It Doesn't Need: Wind", New York Times, 1997-11-28. Retrieved on 2007-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Macy's presents safer parade", CNN, 1998-11-26. Retrieved on 2007-11-16. 
  4. ^ "New safety rules for NYC Thanksgiving parade after balloon crash", Associated Press. Retrieved on 2006-10-18. 
  5. ^ NBC telecast coverage, 11/23/06

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See also

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Further reading

  • Grippo, Robert M., Christopher Hoskins, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Arcadia Publishing 2004

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