Iconic Balloons and Star Performances Mark the Holiday Kickoff with the Thanksgiving Day parade, Know more.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade brought cheer and festivities to New York City as it marked the start of the holiday season. Familiar faces like Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants glided across the city skyline while lively bands paraded through the streets below.
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Starting from Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the parade weaved along Central Park, drawing in huge crowds and a nationwide TV audience before culminating at Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street.
The event showcased renowned artists like Cher, debuting her first Christmas album, with a special performance just ahead of Santa’s grand appearance, which traditionally concludes the parade.
Joining the lineup were celebrities such as Jon Batiste, Bell Biv DeVoe, Brandy, and Jessie James Decker, alongside musical groups like Pentatonix and Miss America 2023 Grace Stanke. Broadway casts also took the stage, adding their flair to the spectacle.
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Aside from the glitz in the sky, the procession featured over two dozen floats, marching bands from different parts of the country, and numerous clown crews, totalling 8,000 participants, according to organizers.
The parade hit a brief pause when a small group of protesters, draped in jumpsuits covered in fake blood, momentarily disrupted the event. Despite the interruption, the parade resumed its course after police intervention.
This year, new balloons made their debut, including Leo the lizard from a Netflix film, towering over 40 feet tall, alongside familiar favourites like SpongeBob at 44 feet high.
For many, the parade was a cherished tradition. Families gathered along the streets, bundled in coats, as they watched beloved characters pass by. Terri Brown, attending with her husband and three children, expressed her joy at sharing the experience with her kids, reminiscing about her childhood visits to the parade.
Ross Greenstein, who travelled from Michigan with his family, described the surreal feeling of witnessing the parade in person after years of watching it on TV.
This year marked the 97th edition of the parade since its inception in 1924. The televised broadcast, hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker from “Today,” aired on NBC.
Even President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden joined the festivities, calling in during the broadcast. Biden urged people to take a moment to appreciate the nation’s strengths and encouraged a focus on unity in addressing the country’s challenges.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade continues to be a cherished celebration, uniting families and spectators as it heralds the joyous arrival of the holiday season in New York City.
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