Everyone loves a parade! On Thursday, November 25, 2010, the 84th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, sponsored by Macy’s, will be held in New York City. More than 50 million people will watch on television while 3 Â½ million watch in eager anticipation along the sidewalks of New York city. The parade will commence at 77th Street and Central Park West and end at 34th Street and 7th Avenue. For a detailed route, visit http://social.macys.com.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924 with animals from the Central Park Zoo one of the highlights; quickly thereafter, the parade became a yearly event. In 1927, helium-filled balloons were used for the first time. In 1934, parade designers introduced the first “Mickey Mouse” balloon much to the delight of both young and old alike. However, it is “Snoopy” who has the most overall appearances in Thanksgiving Day Parade history. From 1942-1944, the parade was not held due to the outbreak of World War II. A few years later in 1946, it was televised in the New York area; in 1947, it was broadcast nationwide. In 1969, the first floats were created and used in the parade. Today they stand up to 40 feet tall as they gently float in the air above the streets of New York. Twenty-five balloons will be inflated this year on the day prior to the parade on 77th and 81st Streets. The public is allowed to view this amazing event from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Marching bands from across the country can submit an application along with a DVD to be considered for acceptance in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. They are chosen 18 months prior to the parade in which they will perform. Bands participating in the 2010 parade come from the states of Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oregon and Wisconsin..
A parade would not be complete with clowns! This year over 800 clowns will participate in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. They are trained from those who take part in the Big Apple Circus. Over 8000 performers will also march in the parade and include celebrities from music, television and movies.
For hotel and transportation information, visit www.nycvisit.com or go to the New York City Convention & Visitors Bureau. Early reservations are highly recommended due to the huge number of visitors in New York City on the Thanksgiving holiday.