Thanksgiving is always a great time to indulge in amazing food, watch the parade, spend time with your family and watch the football games. I feel like this holiday is neglected leading up to the celebration and is under-appreciated because of where it falls on the calendar. Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years are always celebrated in a huge way and people already start planning and decorating at the beginning of September.
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This holiday is only celebrated in America, started by a harvest festival or gathering of the pilgrims and natives in 1612. Many years later it became a huge celebration and the in 1924 the Thanksgiving Day parade was launched!
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Thanksgiving Day parade. It is claimed to be the most popular parade in the U.S. It gains the interests of about 3.5 million people in NYC to watch this parade.
They always have iconic balloons like Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Ronald McDonald, Hello Kitty along with the clowns, performers, floats, marching bands and performance groups. The first balloon ever created was ‘Felix the Cat’ which continues to be in the lineup every year. They try to add new balloons and characters depending on what is popular during that particular era. An exciting new balloon added to the lineup is the bouncing dog which is 36 feet long, 15 feet wide and 40 feet high!
The parade always begins at 9am. This year they are starting on the upper west side at 77th street and they end at Macy’s in Herald Square on 34th street, and of course with the closing act of Santa Claus.