“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”

Angel Helom, Staff Writer

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    People all over the world look for festivities to participate in during Thanksgiving Day. Many are preparing to fill their bellies on Thanksgiving Day, others are getting ready for the notorious Thanksgiving parade held in New York city. 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was first established in 1924 by Louis Bamberger in Newark, New Jersey.  Louis’s parade was then transferred to New York City by Macy’s. The parade became so popular it was able to make the annual Ragamuffin Day (Typical children’s Thanksgiving Day activity from 1879 to 1920’s) obsolete. The parade since then has excelled but was not perfected just yet.  

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade experienced many malfunctions during the first years running, varying from weather conditions to the many character balloons. The Sonic the Hedgehog balloon crashed into a lamppost in 1993. The crash injured a child and an off-duty police officer. In 1997, the weather caused the Cat in the Hat balloon to crash into a lamppost. The falling debris hit a several bystanders but leaving one with a fractured skull and in a coma for a month. Macys was sued for over $300 million. After the incident, Macy then put a size regulation on all balloons. 

Since perfecting past errors, the parade has been a tradition for years. The parade itself has over 8,000 participants who manage sixteen giant character balloons, forty-three novelty balloons, and twenty-six floats. The parade will also have performances by 1,2000 cheerleaders and dancers, 1,000 clowns, twelve marching bands, and twenty famous singers and host. Broadway shows are also performed during or after the parade. All the work is well worth it. Over 3.5 million line the street to view the festivities even in harsh weather. The viewing doesn’t stop there! More than 50 million people watch the two-hour telecast live stream from home. It also has received radio coverage since 1997. 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is a great big celebration that you can enjoy by buying ticket on the secondary market, try to finesse some grandstand tickets (Usually are only sold to family and friends of participants in the parade), view from the sidelines, or simply watch at home. No matter where you are viewing the parade from, you are guaranteed to have a very family friendly time. Within some families, it is a tradition to view the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade every year. Macy’s is just a company that is happy that their tradition is now a part of the world’s tradition