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Get the stuffing right on Thanksgiving and you've won half the battle.
November 25, 2010
It all starts the night before.
The giant helium balloons are inflated, one by one.
Get Felix the Cat ready. Eddy Cantor. Snoopy. Bullwinkle the Moose. The Happy Dachshund. Superman.
All held down by nets and sandbags to prevent them from escaping.
Check the falloons.
(That's a balloon on a float.)
Make sure the Grinch doesn't ruin things.
Don't forget last minute tinkering on the giant floats.
Brakes check. Gas check.
Make sure Santa's Sleigh doesn't blow away and start delivering gifts all by itself.
It could only mean the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is getting ready to rumble.
As it has since 1927.
When Macy's has given us a tradition that both celebrates America, and manages to remind us that Macy's has a little to do with Christmas too.
With the prestigious Here comes Santa Clause float that's the big finale.
The tradition started in Europe.
Many of Macy's department store employees were first-generation immigrants.
So proud of their new American heritage, they wanted to celebrate the American holiday with the type of festival they loved.
What better way to show it than a march from 145th Street to 34th street dressed as clowns, knights and sheiks.
The floats, bands, and 25 animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo didn't hurt either.
With an audience of 125,000 lined up then, it was an instant hit.
A parade has been described as a social narrative telling cheering spectators a sort of story about their society.
In medieval times, artisans would paint carts with historical scenes and bill it as a rolling history exhibition.
Circus parades have been roaring through towns since the late 19th century.
The very best parades are seen through the eyes of children.
That's why bleary eyed moms and dads will get up at dawn, rain or shine, to schlep their kids to 77th Street and Central Park West for the start of today's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
"You will have fun."
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
As William Shakespeare, who never saw one Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, said, "O Lord that lends me life. Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness."
What better day to remember that.
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