Macy’s Day Parade
Every year on Thanksgiving Day, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in New York City. This is the largest parade in the world, and is based on the department store chain, Macy’s. The public view span of the parade is two and a half miles, and it starts at 9 a.m. Expected in this year’s parade is a holiday performance by Gwen Stefani as well as other stars like Steve Harvey and Harry Connick Jr. The tradition began in 1924, and has been streamed on NBC since 1952. The famous Pillsbury Doughboy balloon will make it’s return in the parade on Thursday morning. Marching bands from eleven different states are set to march, including the Colony High School Band from Palmer, Alaska! USA Today states that, “ [The] Viewing of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation will end two hours earlier this year and anyone attending must be screened. Tens of thousands are expected to watch the giant balloons take shape Wednesday afternoon… New York City authorities say they’ll be wrapping Thursday’s parade in a tight layer of security.” The parade attracts more than 3.5 million people a year, and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide. As stated before, the tradition started in 1924, but the first balloon, Felix the Cat, did not take part in the parade until 1927. The parade tradition is just getting started!